My mother just came back from a family trip and would like to purchase a plant like this one. Their owner didn't seem to know what this plant what, any help is most appreciated!

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The plant looks to be Stromanthe sanguinea 'triostar'. Family Marantaceae, along with calathea sp. Order ginger. From tropical south America. Cultivar sold by Monrovia in big box improvement stores in the gulf coast, mostly Florida. Zones 9-11. Prefers shade or part sun with moisture when outdoors. Used as indoor plant also.


  • You're right, this actually looks like a perfect match! Commented May 4, 2014 at 9:01

It looks like it could be something in the Aglaonema family, but your picture is so blurry it is difficult to be sure. Aglaonemas are popular houseplants with a wide variety of different colors and varigated patterns.

Okay, after discussion and thinking about it some more, this is my new best guess. Some type of variegated ginger. There seem to be dozens of varieties, if not a hundred or more.

Here are some pictures of various variegated shell gingers. I think these are a fairly close match to the height, leaf structure, stem structure and variegation patterns. Be aware that the actual colors of the leaves can vary a fair bit depending on how much sunlight the plant is getting. If this isn't it, or close to it, I'm all out of guesses.

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Do you have any more pictures of the plant, perhaps a closer shot of how the leaves and stems fit together? Also, did you notice any flowers or flower buds on the plant?

  • I will try to get a higher quality picture from my mom and post it back asap Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 15:22
  • Put a higher resolution / better angle / nonblurry image instead Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 15:55
  • I'm going to stick with Anglaonema. The longer stems threw me for a bit, but apparently that's not unusual as the plant ages, and the tips can be cut back and rooted for new plants. So, bonus!
    – TeresaMcgH
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 16:15
  • The leaves look very different to me (those on my picture are long and pointy while the aglaonema's are much larger and rounded). Also the patterns are very diferent, on my picture there seem to be bits of pinks & bits of green in chunks on a single leaf while on the aglaonema it's either colored veins or colored border. Also the color doesn't fade on my picture (goes from pink to green flat over a line) while it's more of a gradient on the Google pictures. Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 16:47
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    the leaf colour of the Red Sumatra aglonema is correct but the stems in the picture from the original poster are too thin. It almost looks like a silk plant the stems are so straight and regular
    – kevinskio
    Commented May 1, 2014 at 16:02

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