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Aglaonema Commutatum ‘Silver Queen’

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch

Aglaonema commutatum 'Silver Queen' (28/02/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Aglaonema commutatum ‘Silver Queen’ (28/02/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Indirect bright to low light

Flowering period: Late summer to early autumn

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 50cm

Eventual Spread: 50cm

Hardiness: 13

Family: Araceae

Aglaonema commutatum ‘Silver Queen’ is an evergreen herbaceous perennial. Its dark green leaves contain silver gray marbling, are elliptic with entire margins, up to 20cm long and 8cm across. Its cream/ white flowers appear as a spandex with a green spathe. Its red fruit are in the form of berries.

The species, Aglaonema commutatum, commonly known as Chinese Evergreen, is native to the Philippines and north east Sulawesi Indonesia. In its native habitat it grows as a tropical woodland understory plant. Aglaonema commutatum ‘Silver Queen’ is synonymous with Aglaonema ‘Silver Queen’.

The etymological root of the binomial name Aglaonema is derived from the Greek aglaos meaning ‘bright’ or ‘clear’ and nhma meaning a ‘thread’. Commutatum is derived from the Latin commutatus meaning ‘change’.

The landscape architect may find Aglaonema commutatum ‘Silver Queen’ useful as an attractive foliage houseplant. It should be noted the sap of this plant is an irritant.

Ecologically, Aglaonema commutatum ‘Silver Queen’ is of little value to UK wildlife.

The Royal Horticultural Society have given Aglaonema commutatum ‘Silver Queen’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Aglaonema commutatum 'Silver Queen' Leaf (28/02/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Aglaonema commutatum ‘Silver Queen’ Leaf (28/02/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Aglaonema commutatum ‘Silver Queen’ prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

When maintaining  Aglaonema commutatum ‘Silver Queen’ as a houseplant its soil should be watered regularly. Watering should be reduced during the winter months. Its preferred active growing temperature rages from between 18ºc to 24ºc. Feeding with weak fertiliser solution should be carried out every two weeks during the growing season.

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