Tricolor Stromanthe

A stunning herbaceous tropical perennial from the Prayer Plant Family; lusterous tricolor leaves of green, variegated with cream, with red reverses follow the sun during the day and fold at night; a great accent for annual beds or containers.

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Characteristics

Species: Sanguinea

Other Species Names: Tristar Stromanthe

Plant Height: 36 in.

Spread: 36 in.

Evergreen: Yes

Plant Form: upright spreading

Summer Foliage Color: Dark Green

Minimum Sunlight: Partial Shade

Maximum Sunlight: Full Sun

Ornamental Features

Tricolor Stromanthe's attractive large narrow leaves remain green in color with showy creamy white variegation and tinges of dark red throughout the year. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.This is a dense spreading evergreen houseplant with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture stands it apart from other indoor plants with finer foliage. This plant should not require much pruning, except when necessary to keep it looking its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Tricolor Stromanthe can be expected to grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It prefers to grow in average to moist soil. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant.There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.