The Beauty of Variegated Houseplants: Green and White Delights

Some colors are safe to include in any setting: black and white. In indoor gardens, variegated foliage offers some fantastic choices.

Variegated plants are a source of fascination for plant enthusiasts and gardeners alike. They showcase a stunning display of different colors in their foliage, creating an eye-catching effect. While some plants naturally exhibit variegation, botanists and breeders are increasingly creating hybrids that offer even more intriguing variations. These hybrid variegated plants can only be propagated asexually, typically through stem cuttings.

Discover the World of Variegated Plants

Below, we explore a list of 21 variegated houseplants, encompassing both natural and hybrid varieties. You’ll also find essential information about the light and water requirements for each plant. Keep in mind that water availability is closely tied to soil quality, so assume that these plants thrive in well-draining soil high in organic content. Let’s delve into the delightful world of variegated houseplants:

1. Urn Plant (Aechmea chantinii)

A beloved member of the Aechmea family, the Urn Plant boasts stunning variegated foliage in shades of white and green. With its tall stature, reaching up to two feet in height, this plant makes a striking statement. The long-lasting copper-colored flowers add an extra touch of beauty. As an indoor plant, the Urn Plant thrives with medium relative humidity, ample light, and well-drained soil. After blooming, the plant dies, but new offsets appear at the base, allowing for the growth of new plants.

2. Zebra Plant (Aphelandra squarrosa)

The Zebra Plant showcases a remarkable combination of dark green leaves with white stripes, resembling the markings of a zebra. This plant prefers high humidity, temperatures above 65 °F (18 °C), and bright, indirect light. Propagation is easily accomplished using tip cuttings from the main plant. During its winter dormancy, reduce water levels, then gradually increase watering and diluted fertilizer applications as it exits dormancy.

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3. White Fusion Calathea (Calathea picturata ‘Fusion White’)

The White Fusion Calathea is a member of the Calathea family, known for its diverse and visually appealing foliage. This variety features dark green upper leaves, purple undersides, and silver veins and midrib. The “prayer plant” opens and closes its leaves in response to sunlight. Calathea plants require a little extra care, thriving in wet, shaded environments. Regularly mist the leaves to maintain moisture levels. Well-drained potting soil mixed with coconut coir and occasional diluted fertilizer applications will keep this plant happy.

4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum ‘Vittatum’)

The Spider Plant showcases green leaves with distinctive white borders. Its long, trailing stems can reach up to 2 feet in length, adorned with delightful white star-shaped flowers in autumn. The plantlets that develop on the stems can be rooted and transplanted to start new plants. Over time, the plant’s tuberous roots may outgrow the container, necessitating repotting.

5. Florida Beauty (Dracaena surculosa)

The Florida Beauty is a dark green hybrid Philodendron that has been around for over 70 years. It has given rise to several variegated houseplants, making it the mother of many beloved indoor plants. This variety features leaves with different shapes and colors, adorned with green and cream splotches. Bright indirect light, moderate temperatures, and some humidity are ideal for the Florida Beauty’s growth.

6. Pearl And Jade Plant (Epipremnum aureum)

The Pearl And Jade Plant, also known as the Marble Queen Pothos, offers striking asymmetrical, marble-like patterns on its smaller leaves. As a favorite houseplant, the Pothos thrives in low light conditions. However, variegated leaves need more light to produce the same amount of glucose through photosynthesis as plain green leaves. Avoid exposing the Marble Queen to direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.

7. Pothos N’JOY (Epipremnum aureum, aka E. pinnatum N’JOY)

The Pothos N’JOY is a sub-hybrid that has been asexually propagated from an original mutated plant. This low-light-loving plant shares its parent stock with the Marble Queen Pothos, requiring similar care. Replicating the humid tropical rainforest environment will ensure the best growth for your indoor plants.

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8. Tineke Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’)

The Tineke Rubber Plant stands out with its broad, shiny leaves displaying white variegation on a green background. Loss of leaves can occur due to overwatering, temperature drops, or drafts. Mealybugs, scales, and spider mites are potential pests. Ensure well-drained soil and avoid overwatering to keep this plant thriving.

9. Nerve Plant (Fittonia albivenis ‘Angel Snow’)

The Nerve Plant captures attention with its colorful leaves, resembling a marsh landscape with green islands connected by white waterways. The leaves feature stunning red, pink, or white veining. To keep this plant thriving, avoid cold drafts and dry air. Use pots with well-draining soil and water the plant twice weekly.

10. Rattlesnake (Goeppertia insignia)

The Rattlesnake plant, also known as Goeppertia insignia, showcases captivating foliage with undulating borders, purple undersides, and alternating small and large green ellipses. This perennial thrives in warm temperatures above 65 °F (18 °C) and cannot tolerate freezing conditions.

11. Zebra Cactus (Haworthiopsis attenuata) and 12. Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

For those who appreciate succulents, the Zebra Cactus and Polka Dot Plant are perfect choices. The Zebra Cactus features dark green leaves adorned with white dots, while the Polka Dot Plant exhibits pink and green leaves. These low-maintenance houseplants thrive in well-drained soil, avoiding overwatering.

13. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura “Lemon Lime”)

The Prayer Plant is a true marvel, with intricate patterns resembling candelabra sticks around a knotted midrib. Its variegated leaves fold at night, resembling folded hands in prayer. Bright indirect light is ideal, as direct sunlight may fade the vibrant hues. Keep the soil evenly moist throughout the growing season and ensure high humidity for optimal growth.

14. Split Leaf (Monstera deliciosa ‘Albo variegata’)

The Split Leaf, also known as Monstera deliciosa, is famous for its fenestrated leaves resembling Swiss cheese. Its leaves feature holes and slits that allow sunlight to pass through without damaging the foliage. The variegated form, Monstera deliciosa albo variegata, offers unique leaves, each with its own distinctive pattern. This plant thrives in well-drained soil and bright, indirect light.

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15. Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia argyreia)

The Watermelon Peperomia is an elegant, bushy plant with leaves resembling the rind of a watermelon, featuring light green stripes. This plant prefers moderate light conditions and can tolerate minimal light for months without stress. Avoid overwatering and cold drafts for optimal growth.

16. Philodendron Birkin (Philodendron ‘Birkin’)

The Philodendron Birkin is a stunning houseplant with striking yellow striping on dark green glossy foliage. This unique plant is a hybrid cross of Rojo Congo and Imperial Green cultivars. Bright indirect light and regular watering will help this plant thrive.

17. Friendship Plant (Pilea involucrata ‘Moon Valley’)

The Friendship Plant is known for its ease of propagation via stem cuttings, making it ideal for sharing with friends. This plant thrives in bright indirect light, warm and humid indoor environments, and well-drained soil.

18. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Snake Plants, also known as Sansevieria, are popular indoor plants that can survive with minimal light. These tropical evergreen plants enjoy dappled light and consistent moisture. They are renowned for their ability to purify the air and are perfect for low-light environments.

19. Silver Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus)

The Silver Satin Pothos, a member of the aroid family, boasts attractive foliage and can thrive in low-light conditions. Its trailing vines can be allowed to cascade or adorn hanging baskets, bringing beauty to any space.

20. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii ‘Domino’)

Peace Lilies are visually appealing indoor plants that feature showy white arum-like spathes. These tropical evergreens prefer dappled light and consistent moisture.

21. Syngonium Albo (Syngonium podophyllum ‘Albo Variegata’)

Syngonium Albo is a warm and humidity-loving plant that can be cultivated as an annual or grown in bright yet shady areas. Young plants are shrubby, while older ones display vine-like growth. Cut stems to preserve the arrowhead foliage, ensuring a compact plant shape.

These 21 variegated houseplants offer an array of colors and patterns that will add beauty and vibrancy to any indoor garden. With the right care, you can enjoy their unique foliage and create a stunning display in your home. To explore more gardening tips and stay updated on the latest articles and special offers, don’t forget to visit Ames Farm Center.

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