Some Things You Didn’t Know about Aglaonema

Some Things You Didn’t Know about Aglaonema

If you have watched a famous movie "Leon" by a legendary Luc Besson you won’t be able to forget the plant, which Leon and Matilda were carrying with them everywhere in the film. A dispassionate assassin was gently rubbing its leaves, and in the closing shots a lonely girl bedded it out in the schoolyard. This plant was Aglaonema.

Chinese evergreen is a flowering plant native to south-east Asia. Although this tropical genus is a rare sight in homes, it turns out to be a very useful houseplant. There exist information according to which the plant cleans indoor air effectively, reduces the content of benzene and other harmful substances released into the air from furniture, plastic and paint coating. Besides that Chinese evergreen can kill strep infection.

The species together with Spathiphyllum , Zamiocaucas, Philodendron, Anthurium and Dieffenbachia belongs to the family Araceae (Aroid). Although the Chinese evergreen is the relative of the species mentioned above, it differs from them. This genus is a plant with short fleshy stems which can reach 70 cm. The trunk is short and is noticeable only in adult plants. It grows quite slowly.

The leaves are oblong or lanceolate, 10-15 cm in length. They are green or sometimes colored with stripes or spots (depending on the species). The average vein is clearly visible.
The species rarely blossoms but with proper care there can appear inflorescences with inconspicuous small flowers. The fruit of the genus are bright red berries with a seed. Those berries mature for 6-8 months and are suitable for propagation.