Why Just Green When There is Variegated

by | Jan 6, 2017 | 4 comments

If you follow me, you know that I love variegated plants. So I thought I would show you some today.

Philodendrons are a big family with some gorgeous cultivars. The heart leaf ‘Brazil’ and the ‘Pink Princess’  are beautiful together.

Philodendron 'Pink Princess' and 'Brazil'

Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ and ‘Brazil’

Philodendron 'Pink Princess' new leaf unfurling in the sun

Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ new leaf unfurling in the sun

There are many varieties of pothos these are similar cultivars. The ‘Pearls and Jade’ has a few added speckles compared to ‘N’Joy’.

'Pearls and Jade' Pothos

‘Glacier’ Pothos

Pothos 'N'Joy'

Pothos ‘N’Joy’

Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura

Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura

I love Aglaonemas and I have more than 6 cultivars. They are easy to grow and with good light, they display these gorgeous colors in the leaves.

Aglaonema 'Golden Bay'

Aglaonema ‘Golden Bay’

Aglaonema 'Anyanmanee'

Aglaonema ‘Anyanmanee’


Aglaonema ‘Pink Dalmation’

Ficus 'Neon Marguerite'

Ficus ‘Neon Marguerite’

Variegated Saber Ficus (Ficus maclellandii ‘Alii Variegated’)

Variegated Saber Ficus (Ficus maclellandii ‘Alii Variegated’)

There are more sansevierias than I can count, all of which I love, but the variegated ones are my favorite and the ‘Golden Hahnii’ is one of my all time favorite plants.



Golden Hahnii Sansevieria

‘Golden Hahnii’ Sansevieria

The jewel orchids do have flowers that are nice, but nothing compared to the foliage.

Jewel orchid Ludisia discolor

Jewel orchid Ludisia discolor

Hoya kentiana variegata

Hoya kentiana variegata



There are African violets that don’t need flowers because their foliage is so amazing. The flowers are an added bonus, though.

'Suncoast Lavender Silk' African violet

‘Suncoast Lavender Silk’ African violet


‘Genetic Blush’ African violet

Rex begonias have amazing foliage. The eyelash begonia not only has gorgeous foliage but little hairs on the edges of the leaves.

Eyelash begonia

Eyelash begonia

Red rex begonia

Red rex begonia

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of these leaves that are “more than just green”. Variegated plants add some much needed interest to an otherwise “green only” palette.

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  1. Jaime Haney

    Lisa, you have such a fantastic collection of plants I just drool every time I come to your blog. I love that eyelash begonia, I can just see the pet fur stuck on it if it were mine! haha… Variegated plants are my particular favorite, too. Well just second to dark foliage.

    I am always so impressed with the health of your plants. Do you ever provide supplemental lighting?

    • thehouseplantguru.com

      Thanks, Jamie! Notice I take a lot of close-ups because not everything looks all that great. Everything is suffering right now as I am in the last few weeks of writing a book…. My plants are feeling the effects. I do have light stands. My African violets and some of my cacti and succulents are on those. I also let my sun room get too cold this fall and lost a lot of plants…… I’ll just have to buy more!

  2. Kensi

    I think your Glacier pothos is a Pearls & Jade pothos.

    • Lisa Steinkopf

      I just went by the tag in the plant. Thanks! I will check it out though. There are so many different cultivars now. It’s crazy!


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