Chinese Evergreen, Philippine Evergreen

Aglaonema commutatum

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aglaonema (ag-lay-oh-NEE-muh) (Info)
Species: commutatum (kom-yoo-TAH-tum) (Info)
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Daphne, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Delray Beach, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Longwood, Florida

Miami, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Maryville, Illinois

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Stormville, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Hamburg, Pennsylvania

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 22, 2014, 4barkingdogs from Seattle, WA wrote:

I received this plant in 1962, from my SECOND GRADE teacher in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I am now 60 years old, and the plant has travelled with me to Seattle via Wichita, and even to college in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Along the way, I have propagated starts, and given them to special friends. I always guarantee that they can not kill this plant, because I truly believe this! I have grown this plant in sunny windows, and darkened rooms. I never take off the flowers, and I water it, "when I remember". It seems I have been doing everything "wrong", but that's alright!
I have no idea how my teacher came by this plant, but she placed it on the classroom window sill, and she drew my name at the end of the year, and gave me the plant. I felt very winning the lottery.


On Aug 26, 2012, pmccli from Collinsville, IL wrote:

Picked one up on sale at Home Depot. It has been growing well indoors with filtered eastern light and low humidity (A/C).


On Nov 17, 2009, atm1 from Detroit, MI wrote:

I got four blooms on mine over the summer. Didn't turn into fruit though; after about six weeks they just shrivelled up. I just plucked the last one off Sunday. I read on other sites to remove the blooms immediately, but I didn't. The new leaves don't appear to be compromised. Growing in a tight pot, don't water much, but mist often.


On Jul 11, 2009, Sparrowgirl from Stormville, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have five - four variegated cultivars, including a miniature one, and an all-green species plant. The only special consideration I've noticed is that they prefer a small pot - they like being a little bit rootbound. My green species one wasn't doing well until I potted it down one size, then it took off and started thriving.


On Jun 16, 2008, Jemesaurai from New York, NY wrote:

The plant throws greenish-white spath-like flowers about twice a year. Flowers are followed by fleshy oval shaped fruit. The fruit start out green changing to yellow or orange and finally bright red. Fruit can be removed from the plant when red and plump. New plants can be started in damp peat moss or sand in a zip-lock bag.


On May 28, 2007, canadianplant from thunder bay,
Canada (Zone 4b) wrote:

This plant was here when i moved in. Nice colour looks old and it just started to flower. IT seems to like the bottom of my south window.


On Sep 13, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

has done very poorly as an indoor plant. I will transplant outside and report here later.


On Apr 16, 2006, sherinaflowers from Kerrville, TX wrote:

I do not have a green thumb whatsoever, but I have this plant hanging in my bathroom in a corner. It seems to me like he loves the humidity of the bathroom because he looks fabulous!


On Aug 8, 2005, jnana from South Florida, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

This plant was kept inside, but with the low humidity caused by the constant use of A/C for most of the year it declined rapidly. It was transplanted outside under some palms and has done very well. During the winter when our temperatures drop below 60 it tends to drop leaves fairly rapid. It recovers quickly once spring arrives.


On Jun 21, 2005, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

The plant contains Aroin, Aronin, Aroidin, Arin, Saponine and some Prussic accid. The sap can cause severe irritation of the skin and at mucous membranes. The fresh parts of the plants are 'nt that poisonous as Dieffenbachia but have nearly the same effects.


On Jan 10, 2005, salvia_lover from Modi'in,
Israel wrote:

requires a minimum temperature of 55F


On Jul 22, 2004, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

If anyone knows which cultivar my photo of this plant is, feel free to let me know.