Stromanthe is a genus of flowering plants in the Marantaceae family, just like Calatheas, Ctenanthe, and Marante. However, unlike Calatheas and the rest genera, not a lot of Stromanthe varieties can be grown as indoor houseplants.
When we talk about growing Stromathe indoors, we usually refer to the Sanguinea species and Stromanthe Stromathoides ‘Charlie’, which is not that common, so don’t get disappointed if you can’t find your favorite variety at your local nursery. But if you do, keep in mind that Stromanthe plants are not that pretentious and it’s easier to care for them.
1. Stromanthe Sanguinea
We’re starting the list with Stromanthe Sanguinea – the simple, non-variegated one. While this one might seem the most basic variety from the entire list, don’t let that fool you. It comes with glossy, deep-green leaves with a lighter shade center. And since we are talking about a plant that’s part of the Marantaceae family, the underside of the leaves is also colored in purple.
Being closely related to calatheas, it usually gets categorized as one.
2. Stromanthe Sanguinea ‘Triostar’
Love at first sight? Definitely! ‘Triostar’ comes with impressive leaves, variegated in shades of pink, cream, and light green. And if that’s not enough to make you fall in love with this houseplant, you’ll be happy to find out that the undersides of the leaves are also colored in shades of deep pink, magenta, and maroon.
Stromanthe ‘Triostar’ also goes by Stromathe Thalia and ‘Tricolor’, being one of the most popular varieties out there – and for good reason, since the entire plant is literally an explosion of colors.
3. Stromanthe Sanguinea ‘Magic Star’
‘Magic Star’ is not as variegated as ‘Triostar’, but it is beautiful in its own unique way. It has glossy leaves with lots of white-variegated spots and maroon undersides. This one is sometimes miscategorized as a calathea, so you can sometimes find it under the Calathea ‘Magic Star’ label.
4. Stromanthe Stromanthoides ‘Charlie’
Stromanthe ‘Charlie’ leaves are a bit rounder and are heavily variegated with white lines that sometimes look like neon-green. This variety is relatively new, as it appeared for the first time in the gardening world in 2013, so it might be harder to find.
As you can see, there are not so many options out there when it comes to Stromanthe. All of the varieties mentioned in this list are striking in their own unique way. If we left you wanting more, make sure to check out our list of Calathea varieties since they are from the same family as Stromanthe and just as unique.