Another Holiday Worthy Plant

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This stunner unfortunately doesn’t have one good common name. Its botanical is stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’ (or sometimes variegata). I have seen it called Persian Shield, but not often, and I have also seen it called Tricolor Prayer Plant, which is even more misleading, because it does not belong to the calathea/maranta genus which are usually called “prayer plants.” So feel free to come up with some good common name yourself.

I say it’s “holiday worthy” of course because of the colorations in the leaves. I suppose it could easily be be gifted around Valentine’s Day as well for the same reason. This photo shows the nice maroon stems fairly well. I didn’t capture the maroon undersides of the leaves though. It really is a stunner of a plant!

For me, I grow it in an east or west exposure–where ever I have more room in a given season. I have had this plant for several years and it hasn’t grown very much (and I like that in a plant sometimes)–many of my plants are outgrowing my house!

In the summer, I put it outside under a dogwood that throws fairly dense shade. Despite the outside/inside routine for at least 3 or 4 years, it has never had an insect problem.

In my cooler house, it only needs water once a week. Outside, it might get watered every day, depending on temperatures.

I definitely can recommend this as a plant. As I often say–what’s not to like?

2 thoughts on “Another Holiday Worthy Plant

  1. tonytomeo December 19, 2018 / 10:57 pm

    When we were in school, some plants were described as having ‘no common name’ or ‘NCN’. When studying such plants, the ‘NCN’ just let us know that they had only a Latin name, and that we were not missing anything by not seeing a common name there. Nomenclature is SO complicated nowadays!

  2. gardendaze December 20, 2018 / 5:56 am

    I like the idea of “NCN.” And you’re not kidding about nomenclature! Remember what they did to chrysanthemums a few years back?

    Karla

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