This small plant, typically 2-5 feet in height, is native to Brazil, Honduras and Costa Rica. Its ornamental foliage and flowers add decoration to any home or garden area. The leaves are oval with metallic accents, and the undersides are often burgundy or purple in color. This plant flowers range from red and crimson to vinous, to yellow and orange.
Those seeking to grow this plant in colder regions must take great care and select a suitable pot. Stromanthe sp. is hardy to at least 30°F for a short time, making it suitable for USDA Zone 9-12. It should be placed in semi-shade, as full sun will cause the leaves to burn and the plant to become distressed. It's important to ensure that the soil surrounding the plant is kept moist, but not soggy, so water when the surface of the soil appears dry.
For best results, Stromanthe sp. should be fertilized regularly with a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer. Regular pruning of dead or dying leaves is essential to keep the plant healthy and encourage flowering.
In order to ensure optimal growth, it is important to maintain a high level of humidity around Stromanthe sp.. The easiest way to do this is to keep the plant in a bathroom or kitchen, or alternatively, mist the foliage regularly. With proper care, your Stromanthe sp. will thrive as an ornamental addition to your home, with interesting foliage and beautiful flowers.