Beautiful but undemanding, Chinese evergreens are a great plant choice for most rooms, even ones that don’t get a lot of natural light. They’re happy in anything from quite bright light to part shade. This variety, scientifically known as aglaonema ‘Cutlass’, has long, slim green leaves with silver variegation, making them look a bit like a pirate’s cutlass.
As the name suggests, Chinese evergreens come from Asia, although not exclusively China. In the wild they grow in woods, so they’re used to living in shady spots underneath large trees. They’ve been popular houseplants since the 1800s because of their easy-going nature. They like their soil to be kept moist and they’ll let you know when they’re thirsty. The leaves will start to flop but perk right back up after a drink.
Chinese evergreens come in lots of different patterns and colours – check out our full family – so if you don’t have bright rooms but want plants with impact, these are the ones for you. They’re perfect as office plants too.
Did you know?
In China, this plant is considered a good luck charm, so maybe you should carry one around with you at all times.