Aglaonema modestum is a foliage plant commonly known as Chinese evergreen.
It is one of a number of varieties of Aglaonema that are part of the arum family of Araceae.
Native to tropic and sub-tropic regions of Asia and New Guinea, these plants are perennial herbs that prefer a shady, humid habitat. Aglaonema modestumhas large, lance-shaped leaves that are waxy in texture.
Aglaonema modestum - Chinese Evergreen, this plant filters indoor air photograph by marissa anderson.
Colors can vary from a more common deep or medium green to a variegated pattern of green and yellow.
Mature, well-established specimens may produce arum-like flowers, but these plants are more popular for their foliage than any potential to bloom.
Chinese Evergreen is known for its air purifying qualities and it can grow well in poorly lit conditions. This makes it a good choice for brightening up indoor rooms like bedrooms and bathrooms.
Aglaonema modestum grow in USDA hardiness zones of 10 and 11, and require a high degree of humidity.
Outdoors, these foliage plants can be used as ground cover in shady areas, but they cannot tolerate drought, extreme temperature changes, or winter temperatures below 55°F (12°C).
Indoors, Aglaonema modestumdoes best in typical room temperatures of 60 to 70°F (16-21°C).
While some sun can help houseplants to thrive, they should not be placed in direct sun as this can scorch the leaves.
Only moderate watering is needed, and the soil should be allowed to dry between watering's.
These houseplants can also benefit from frequent misting to sustain high humidity in a dry environment.