On Jul 14, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Per Botanica Encyclopedia:
Stromanthe - This genus of some 13 species of evergreen, rhizomatous perennials in the arrowroot family is found from Central America to southern Brazil. They often develop short trunks or sturdy, trunk-like stems. The leaves, enclosed in a petiole sheath before expanding, are oblong, heavily veined and 4-18 " long depending on the species. They are usually dark green above with purplish undersides. Infloresences of small white, pink or mauve flowers appear in summer. Leafy bracts enclose the flowers and are occasionally brightly colored. Small, ridged fruits follow the flowers.
Cultivation: Plant in moist, humus-rich, well drained soil in light to moderate shade. Principally tropical plants, they will not tolerate frosts and prefer a mild, humid climate. Propagate from seed or by division where possible, or by removing rooted basal offsets.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions: