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Tropicals: Stromanthe sanguinea 'triostar' or 'tricolor'

Botanical name: Stromanthe sanguinea 'triostar' or 'tricolor'

Common name: Stromanthe

also known as (shade)

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Wauchula, Fl

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 9a thru 11a


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Stromanthe is a tropical plant grown for its colorful foliage. The top of the leaves are deep green and cream, and the bottom of the leaves are bright pink. These plants reach heights of 2-3 feet and have a clumping growth habit. Stromanthe multiplies prolifically in humid, (sub)tropical climates. It can be propagated by division or by snapping off new plants that grow on old flower scapes. These plants look their best in full shade, though they will also grow in filtered shade. They have a habit of turning their leaves toward early sun and folding their leaves during periods when sunlight is too intense.


The species is native to South American rainforests. 'Triostar' is a cultivar.

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I love this plant! Easy, easy, easy to grow. Bought one three years ago, and it clumped so quickly that I now have ten plants from dividing the original. The colorful leaves really pop in the shade.

Although I had high hopes for this plant when it became readily available in the horticulture market a few years ago, I have not had success in growing it without the creamy-white variegation browning out. I would imagine that if it were grown inside or in dense shade it would perform to my liking. Similarly, the variegated canna 'Stuttgart' has foliage-browning problems.