Purple & Green Houseplant: Stromanthe TriColor

Hi Judy! I recently bought a houseplant from someone on Craigslist, but he didn’t know what type it was. It has long leaves with a purple-red underside, and a green upper side, with white veins. He said it might be an African plant, but I can’t seem to find anything that looks like it on the internet. Do you recognize it?

Hi Juliana,

Your plant is called a Stromanthe TriColor.


Purple, white, and green Stromanthe TriColor.
Stromanthe TriColor

Stromanthe sanguinea  (sometimes referred to as Tricolor or Triostar Stromanthe), is a plant native to the rain forests of Brazil. This variety of the Stromanthe Plant has beautiful leaves in different shades of white, red, pink, and green. Stromanthe Plants make a great plant to give as a  Christmas present if you’re tired of Poinsettias. A Stromanthe Plant can be grown indoor or outdoors, but will not survive a hard freeze. Since a Stromanthe Plant is a relative of the Prayer Plant and a member of the Maranta family, its leaves fold up at night as though praying. Stromanthe Plants produce reddish pink flowers in the spring, but they can’t compete with this plants dazzling leaves. A Stromanthe Plant is a spectacular looking plant, but challenging to grow, definitely not for beginners.