By Erin Marissa Russell
Looking for a list of the best varieties of aglaonema? Chinese evergreen plants are fun to collect because there are so many different varieties with different looks. Whether you already have a few Chinese evergreen plants or you’re considering buying your first, this list will help you choose the aglaonema variety that fits best in your collection for your next plant purchase.
This beautiful Chinese evergreen variety also goes by the name Pink Anyamanee, or you may see it misspelled as Aglaonema Anyanmanee. The leaves are a pretty combination of deep pink and green. The green coloring sticks to the central vein of the leaves and comes in from their edges. The plant rarely flowers indoors, but if it happens to flower in your home, the blossom will be white.
Aglaonema Bidadari is one of the prettiest of the pink aglaonemas. Every leaf is different, from hot pink and green swirled together to a pale cream just tinged with pink. The stems of Aglaonema Bidadari are pink, and the large, glossy leaves can be any combination of cream, pink, and green. The leaves, each with their unique patterns, play on one another with complements and contrasts, leaving the whole plant with a colorful collage effect.
You may find this pretty Aglaonema variety referred to as Aglaonema Gabrielle or Aglaonema Cecelia. Whatever name it goes by, it’s a striking large Aglaonema variety. BJ Freeman can reach heights of around four feet tall, with a spread of around three feet wide. The densely packed leaves are a pale shade of green threaded with darker kelly green.
Black Lance gets its name from the swordlike shape of its leaves, which are narrower than most Aglaonema varieties. The lances have a pale grayish green center with deeper green along the edges.
The dark green and lime stripes of Aglaonema Brilliant point inward at the center of the leaf. This creates a geometric chevron pattern adorning every leaf.
The undersides of the leaves of Aglaonema Chocolate are brushed with a red so deep it tends toward brown, giving this variety its tasty name. The top of the foliage is dark green with contrasting veins in pink or red. This gorgeous Aglaonema is a bit more rare than most other varieties, so it may take some patience to find a plant to purchase.
The dark green leaves of Aglaonema commutatum are mottled with silvery gray green. The result resembles dumb cane (Dieffenbachia) in appearance. This variety typically grows to around 20 inches tall, with leaves four to eight inches long by two or three inches wide.
Aglaonema Cory has leaves of light glossy green, brushed with pale silvery green stripes. The stripes nip in toward the center of the leaf to create a chevron pattern on each leaf. This variety grows up to around 35 inches tall and tolerates cold a bit better than other Aglaonema varieties.
Creta is one of the brightest and most dramatic Aglaonema varieties out there. The deep green leaves are outlined in red. The stems are a flamingo pink to pale red color, along with the central vein of each leaf and the smaller veins that run toward the leaf’s outer edge.
Compared to other types of Aglaonema, Crispum Deborah has an almost shrublike silhouette. Crispum Deborah tends to be shorter and denser, with leaves that are mottled jungle green and rosy pink.
Cutlass features long blade-shaped leaves, from whence this variety gets its swashbuckling name. The pale grayish green leaves are limned in deeper green, both around the edges and in sketchy streaks. Cutlass can reach between one and four feet tall, with the same spread.
Diamond Bay is a sophisticated-looking variety of Aglaonema. Its long lance-shaped leaves have dark green edges and are brushed with a vertical grayish green stripe down the length of each leaf.
The leaves of Emerald Bay are edged in bright green with a paler center. Each leaf has a wide stripe of pale gray green down the center. Emerald Bay will thrive in low light better than most other Aglaonema varieties.
The jungle green leaves of Emerald Star are mottled with paler green specks and streaks. Each leaf has a thin light green line running vertically down its center.
First Diamond’s pattern shows off the beauty of contrast in its pale creamy white paired with deeper green. The mottled surface of each leaf shows more of its paper-white background than green, but the green markings gather around the edges to create a thin outline,
The Green Papaya’s beauty comes from three different colors on each leaf, with a fourth adorning the stems. The stems are a creamy white, and each leaf’s dappled surface blends lemon yellow with grassy green. The vein in the center of each leaf is marked by a thin bright red line.
Harlequin’s leaves are splotched with lemon yellow and bright grassy green. The contrasting markings that run down the center of each leaf and follow the veins may be pale pink or bright magenta, depending on the coloring of the individual plant.
The leaves of Aglaonema Maria blend deep jungle green with pale grayish green. The markings follow a lovely chevron pattern. Whether the leaves tend to be more green or more gray depends on the specific plant in question.
The long, narrow leaves of Maria Christina are mostly a pale, creamy silver. Each leaf is edged with deep green, which also appears in sparse speckles elsewhere on the leaf’s surface.
Aglaonema modestum’s variegated form pairs vivid green with a green so pale it almost looks white. Every leaf has a different pattern, from ones just tinged with pale green to ones that are practically white all over. There’s also an unvariegated form that features bright green leaves without the white coloration.
This Aglaonema variety features deep green leaves. Nitidum thrives happily in low light environments, making it an excellent houseplant for areas short on sunshine.
Aglaonema pictum tricolor is prized for its unusual coloring, and this popularity makes it a bit harder to find than some of the other Aglaonemas on this list. Pictum tricolor features splotches of light green, olive green, and dark green, with the asymmetrical dots coming together to resemble a camouflage pattern.
The leaves of Aglaonema Pink Dalmatian are a deep, dark green dotted with splatters of rosy pink. This coloration makes the foliage look a lot like that of the polka dot plant.
Aglaonema Pink Moon gets its unique design from three different colors. The leaves are a dark, glossy green, with a thin pink line down the central vein. Then pink dots so pale they tend toward cream lightly dust each leaf.
Prestige is one of the more dramatic varieties of Aglaonema. The foliage is a combination of pink with mottled dark green. How bright and vivid the pink will be ranges from rose petal to almost red, depending on the individual plant.
The leaves of Aglaonema Prosperity feature a dappled design of dark green and pink. The pink may tend toward coral or salmon, or it may be a paler baby pink. Not only is each plant different, each leaf also has a different design.
This Aglaonema variety is one of the brightest and most showstopping out there. As the name suggests, the foliage is mostly a bright cherry red. Each leaf is thinly outlined with deep green.
Red Gold combines vivid bright red with grassy green and pale, buttery yellow. Plants grow to between one and three feet tall, with the same spread. To allow the colors to develop as much as they can, find Aglaonema Red Gold a spot in partial shade, with some direct sunlight in the morning. Direct or harsh sunshine in the afternoon can scorch the leaves with sunscald.
The dappled design of Aglaonema Red Valentine varies from plant to plant. You may find dark green leaves splattered with just a splash of pink and red, or the leaves may be mostly red with just a touch of green.
Siam Aurora’s striking appearance comes thanks to three colors. Each leaf’s mottled surface combines bright green with touches of yellow. Then the foliage is set ablaze with the red that outlines each leaf.
Aglaonema Silver Bay’s variegated leaves have patterns of dark green and pale silvery green. The center of each leaf is brushed with silver, while the outer part of the leaf features the green and silver designs.
Silver King looks a lot like the Silver Queen Aglaonema, although the leaves have fewer stripes. This Aglaonema variety grows to around two feet tall, with the same spread.
Silver Queen pairs dark green with pale silvery gray. The leaves feature a chevron pattern made up of the stripes that adorn the foliage. Silver Queen will grow to reach a height of one or two feet tall, with the same spread.
The dappled design of Aglaonema Sparkling Sarah features deep jungle green brushed with rosy pink. The pink is paler around the edges of the leaf and deepens toward the central vein in the middle.
Super White gets its name from the color of its foliage. Most of the leaves are white, with a tinge of deep green that lines the edges and marks the leaves with a light sprinkling of darker speckles.
The majority of Suzy’s foliage is a glossy medium green color. Pale pink freckles dust each leaf, and a deeper pink lines the central vein.
White Rain features deep green leaves mottled with silvery gray. The mottled markings gather together to create a wide-set chevron pattern on the leaves.
Aglaonema Red Peacock features medium red leaves at the top of white stems, each leaf marked with rosy pink that tends more toward red the closer to the center of the leaves the markings are.
Though Chinese evergreens are certainly beautiful, gardeners do need to take care due to their toxicity. The calcium oxalate crystals inside these plants can irritate the skin, and if ingested, cause more serious reactions if consumed. Aglaonema plants are poisonous to both humans and animals, so be sure to keep them safe from children and pets.