Last update: October 28th, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Aglaonema Chinese evergreen. Plants of this genus are native to humid, shady tropical forest habitat.
These are evergreen perennial herbs with stems growing erect or decumbent and creeping. Stems that grow along the ground may root at the nodes. There is generally a crown of wide leaf blades which in wild species are often variegated with silver and green coloration. The inflorescence bears unisexual flowers in a spadix, with a short zone of female flowers near the base and a wider zone of male flowers nearer the tip. The fruit is a fleshy berry that ripens red. The fruit is a thin layer covering one large seed.
Aglaonema Chinese evergreen have been grown as luck-bringing ornamental plants in Asia for centuries. They have been cultivated, hybridized, and bred into a wide array of cultivars. They live in low-light conditions and are popular houseplants.
The NASA Clean Air Study determined that several species of this plant genus wer effective at removing common household air toxins formaldehyde and benzene.
Aglaonema plants are poisonous due to calcium oxalate crystals. If ingested they cause irritation of the mucous membranes, and the juice can cause skin irritation and painful rash.