Chinese Evergreens (Aglaonema) are hugely popular houseplants due to their fantastic looks and easy care requirements. They are perfect plants for beginners but are also loved by houseplant enthusiasts due to the diversity and beauty of the many cultivars. This article covers 23 beautiful Aglaonema varieties to showcase the wonderful options available to you.
Such is the popularity of Chinese Evergreens that they have been hybridized and bred into a wide variety of cultivars. They are available in a myriad of colors and exotic variegation, and the only problem I have is picking my favorite!
Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor
If there is one variety of the Chinese Evergreen that will steal your heart at first glance, it is the Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor. Just as the name suggests, this wonderful plant boasts foliage that displays a unique mixture of three shades of green – light, medium, and dark.
The oval-shaped leaves resemble camouflage, making the plant a spectacular addition to any room. Please note that this one is a slow grower, and should be kept in a spot that gets lots of bright, indirect light if you want the leaves to maintain their striking coloration.
I couldn’t help starting with this stunning cultivar, but it is one of the more rare and expensive Aglaonema varieties on this list.
Aglaonema Silver Bay
With its stunning variegated foliage in different combinations of silver and light/dark green, it is pretty easy to fall in love with this Chinese Evergreen variety. The leaves are glossy and oval-shaped that gracefully unfurl from the center and can easily grow up to 12 inches long.
Unlike many other Aglaonema cultivars, this one is a relatively fast grower that will sprout a new leaf almost every week under the right conditions. This is one of the most popular and widely available Aglonema cultivars, so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding it.
Anything that has the word ‘chocolate’ in it is bound to irresistible, isn’t it? No wonder then that the Aglaonema Chocolate is so full of gorgeousness that any person who claims to love plants will yearn to bring this beauty home ASAP.
This plant gets its attractiveness from its dark, chocolatey green foliage with striking red veining that can make your heart skip a beat. Put it up in any dull place and watch it come to life with this plant’s bold and beautiful presence.
Sadly, Aglaonema Chocolate is not as widely available as many of the other Aglaonema varieties on this list. So if you do manage to lay your hands on one, don’t miss the chance to bring this charming plant home.
If you’re fond of all things pretty, you ought to have this graceful Aglaonema cultivar in your home. The Aglaonema Prestige comes with large, waxy, insanely gorgeous leaves splattered in hues of green, red, pink, and cream.
The stems of the Prestige are a vibrant shade of pink that further adds to its beauty and charm. Place it in a room with white décor to add a pop of color or decorate your office space with the Prestige and soak in its natural beauty whenever you take a break from work.
And don’t feel surprised if you end up getting scores of compliments from friends and acquaintances for your great taste in houseplants!
Aglaonema Silver Queen
The Aglaonema Silver Queen, with its silver and green variegated foliage, looks so regal and classy that it really seems fit for a queen! It is the perfect plant to go for if you want to bring those lush, tropical vibes to your space.
This showy plant is also sometimes referred to as the ‘painted drop tongue’ and can grow up to 24-inches tall. The dark green leaves with attractive and heavy silver variegation are thick and lance-shaped, and grow on short stems emerging from the soil.
The stems grow in clusters that make this beauty a great option if you’re looking for a heavy foliage plant for your space.
Bring a bit of drama and elegance to your space with the lush and colorful Aglaonema Creta. This plant’s beautifully patterned wide oval-shaped green leaves feature pale cream spots and a bright pink running down the center as well as framing the border of each leaf.
Full of effortless charm and opulence, this plant can be a perfect addition to your living space, bedroom, study, or office. You can place this beauty beside all-green foliage plants to add a burst of color to the surroundings.
And since it is one of the most undemanding plants, it is a wonderful option for people who struggle to keep their plants alive but want some colorful foliage to brighten up their mood as well as their home.
Aglaonema Pink Dalmatian
This little sweetheart of a plant is just as adorable as its name. The Aglaonema Pink Dalmatian proudly displays its opulent thick, leathery and shiny foliage in stunning shades of jade green with a generous splattering of pink spots all over.
The presence of these pink spots has earned it the name Pink Dalmatian – and it is every bit as charming as the beloved canine of the similar name.
In fact, this plant is so striking that pictures cannot do full justice to its surreal beauty. The contrast between all that green and pink on its large oval-shaped foliage is mesmerizing, to say the least. No wonder it is one of the most sought after Aglaonema varieties across the globe.
Aglaonema Red Valentine
If looks can kill, then watch out for the Aglaonema Red Valentine! You will have a tough time coming across a plant as vibrant and as vivacious as this one.
Its unusual large oval-shaped leaves exhibit dark green margins with a generous splashing of hot-pink and red inside, making the plant look truly exquisite. Usually, the color on the leaves starts out as pink and turns red as the foliage matures (how cool is that!).
Under ideal conditions, this plant can live for years and continue to add a splash of color to your space. Aptly named Red Valentine, this gorgeous plant has the potential to be your one true love in all kinds of seasons.
Aglaonema First Diamond
Don’t feel jealous if your Aglaonema First Diamond ends up attracting all the attention at home – after all it does look truly spectacular with its heavily variegated green and white foliage that may remind you of Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane).
The stunning leaves sit atop short stems and can grow up to 20 cm. Place it in any not-so-lively corner of your home and watch it brighten up instantly with this beauty’s presence.
The best part – despite its striking looks, the First Diamond is not at all a diva and does not demand constant attention.
In general, Chinese Evergreens prefer to be watered once the top few inches of soil dries out. They can be prone to root rot if overwatered. Look out for yellowing leaves as one of the first signs of this, and don’t water on a schedule.
Now this is an Aglaonema variety that will make a bold statement no matter where you decide to display it. Its long and narrow lance-shaped leaves almost look like daggers, and are pale silver-green in color with interesting dark green patterns on them.
The stems on which the leaves grow are short and clustered giving the plant a full, lush appearance. This one is a slow grower that can reach up to a height of maximum of 50 cm, so you can choose to place it on side-tables, bookshelves, a countertop, or your office table.
Aglaonema Sparkling Sarah
The Sparkling Sarah is truly sparkling, thanks to its thick and vibrant variegated leaves that display pink, cream, and green hues gracefully.
These lustrous leaves are dark green at the border with several pink and cream spots towards the middle and a bold pink vein running down the center. They stand on bright pink colored stems that add to the plant’s overall attractiveness.
The wonderful contrast of the colors and leaf patterns make Aglaonema Sparkling Sarah a real beauty. Its bold and vibrant presence can truly transform the vibes of a room.
This is yet another beautifully patterned Aglaonema variety that comes with long lance-shaped leaves that form dense clumps to give a tropical touch to your space.
The deep-green thick foliage features several pale-green or cream-ish markings that lend it a unique, eye-catching appearance. You can keep several of these plants in a single spot to enjoy lush greenery indoors or place them with colorful Aglaonema varieties to make your room resemble a tiny tropical rainforest.
Please note that since this plant is not as brightly colored as some of the other Aglaonema varieties on this list, it will tolerate lower lighting than some others with predominantly red, pink, or white leaves.
Aglaonema plants will typically become less vibrant and lose their variegation in low lighting, so keep an eye on your plant and move it to a brighter location if required. Read my article about lighting for houseplants to learn more.
Aglaonema Red Anjamani
Looking to add some sass and pizzazz to a room but don’t want to spend big bucks on eclectic artwork? Try placing the Aglaonema Red Anjamani as a fun tabletop centerpiece in a small pot and marvel at how quickly its presence changes the vibe of your space.
This terrific houseplant is all kinds of beautiful with its stunning bright red foliage with a few deep-green spots and borders. The best part is the Red Anjamani retains its vibrant hue all year long, unlike the equally stunning poinsettias.
To make the most of its gorgeous red coloring, try putting this plant in a black or silver container and get ready to witness how it completely transforms the ambience of your space with its striking looks.
Aglaonema Siam Aurora
Stylish, sassy and colorful – that is Aglaonema Siam Aurora for you! This relatively new Aglaonema variety boasts of deep-green hued foliage elegantly patterned with bright red or hot pink tones.
To enhance the ambience of your living space, you can put this lovely multi-colored plant in a small to medium container and place it on the side tables. Better still, place a dense-foliage Aglaonema Siam Aurora as floor plant next to a sofa and get ready to impress one and all with your impeccable sense of style when it comes to houseplants.
You can even add a smaller version to your bathroom near the window for a pop of color – this little beauty is absolutely going to love the surplus humidity!
The Aglaonema Bidadari makes for the perfect home décor accent with its exquisite variegation. This beautiful specimen comes with large glossy oval-shaped leaves blotched with pink, green, and cream colors.
Short, slender and pink-colored stems hold the leaves atop and grow densely to give the plant a lush, full look. Pink is the most prominent color on its leaves and looks so incredibly pretty that each leaf seems like a piece of art in itself.
The Bidadari is a no-fuss decorative plant that demands minimal attention from its owner, which makes it a great option for plant parents with less time to cater to their plants’ every whim.
Aglaonema Diamond Bay
If you have enough of pinks and reds in your plant collection and are looking for a subtle yet classy variegated plant to bring an exotic tropical touch to your setting, the Diamond Bay can be an excellent choice.
This plant’s long, lance-shaped leaves with dark-green edges and a silver-ish center look absolutely stunning. This is a relatively new variety of the Chinese Evergreen, yet is much sought after due to its easy-going attitude and lovely, thick foliage.
You can put up a smaller version of the plant on your office desk or use a fully grown-up Diamond Bay as floor plant to decorate your home.
The Aglaonema Modestum is a foliage plant that is super popular for its large, waxy and shiny deep-green leaves that grow on leaf stalks arising from a central growing point.
The Modestum is available in a variegated form, as pictured above, but also comes in a non-variegated form with plain green leaves. This makes it one of the only non-variegated Aglaonema varieties that I am aware of.
Aglaonema Green Papaya
Whether it is a modern living room, a cozy study, an intimate bedroom setting or a formal office space – this striking beauty named the Aglaonema Green Papaya can effortlessly add a touch of elegance to them all.
Its attractive deep-green foliage has a strike of pink running right down the center, along with predominantly green, dappled leaves. The large and glossy oval leaves sprout on clustered short stems, making it an excellent foliage plant.
This plant will thrive in both brightly or dimly lit rooms and prefers bright, indirect light. You might spot an occasional flower on your Green papaya, but it does not produce any fruit.
Aglaonema Super White
The beyond stunning Aglaonema Super White is going to blow away admirers of everything white and pristine with its almost completely white oval-shaped foliage featuring delicate green veins.
Its pure white-ness will make it a fantastic addition to any space. Aglaonema Super White is another cultivar that won’t tolerate low lighting, due to the light-colored leaves. Keep this one in bright conditions close to a window, but avoid any direct sunlight where possible.
This beauty is pretty hard to come across, so if you actually manage to lay your hands on one, don’t miss the opportunity to add it to your houseplant collection. It can typically grow up to 24 inches tall.
Aglaonema Pink Moon
This one is a rare Aglaonema variety that features large oval-shaped dark green leaves with stunning pink veins running down the center. And as if all that gorgeousness was not enough, the leaves also have tiny, pink moon-like specks all over them that further enhance their charm.
The glossy leaves emerge on short stems and will definitely have your friends and family gushing over its beauty. This lovely ornamental foliage plant is known to thrive in locations with less than ideal lighting and does well with weekly watering in summer months.
Also, it is a very unfussy plant when it comes to feeding and humidity requirements, so it can be a great choice for people looking for a super attractive houseplant to begin their gardening adventure.
With pink veins and predominantly green leaves, this Aglaonema variety has a really interesting visual appeal. I generally prefer Chinese Evergreens with striking coloration and sharp borders between the colors, but it is a genus of houseplants that has something for every taste.
There are quite a number of Aglaonema varieties with similar leaf colors and shapes, and it does take some time to differentiate them with confidence. Don’t worry if you find all these varieties slightly overwhelming. I was completely lost when I first started collecting Aglaonemas.
Aglaonema White Rain
Keeping it simple and classy, with shades of green and cream, Aglaonema White Rain is one of the more understated aglaonema varieties. I wanted to include this one on the list to show that chinese Evergreens can be loud and brash, but also muted and serene in their appearances.
Aglaonema White Rain has pleasant-looking for pleasant foliage, but wont steal the limelight in your home. This cultivar has slender leaf tips which make the plant look quite elegant and quite an upright growth habit, unlike some other Aglaonema varieties where the leaves will arch downwards around the pot.
And in complete contrast to the last variety, I wanted to finish this article with a bit of eye-popping color. Aglaonema Prosperity really seems to be growing in popularity, as are many Aglaonema varieties with red and pink coloration to their leaves.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of my favorite Aglaonema varieties. Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, I’ve tried to showcase the very best of this wonderful genus of houseplants.
One question you may have is where to find these plants, so you can add them to your collection. Whilst you can find a handful of the more common cultivars quite easily, some of the plants on this list are less widely available.
I tend to buy a lot of my houseplants online now, and I’ve used many different online stores. However, I now buy almost all of my houseplants from Etsy. You can find almost all of these Chinese Evergreen cultivars on Etsy, grown by enthusiasts and small independent stores.