Yikes Stripes! Houseplants with Striped Leaves
Do you like the color patterning of zebras, seersucker, and candy canes? Then you are a stripe-o-phile (a fan of stripes). Adding plants with stripes of variegation to your collection makes for some exciting partnerships. Here are five beautiful stripe-y options:
Latin name: Peperomia argyreia
Stripe interest: Silver iridescent stripes in green tear-drop-shape leaves
Stripes lovers will swoon over Watermelon peperomia’s beautiful green leaves that are painted with dramatic thin silver stripes. Red stems make this a very showy plant. Display this colorful South American native in bright light where you can see the silver stripes sparkle. Watermelon grows in a cheery mound reaching 8 to 12 inches tall.
Latin name: Philodendron 'Birkin'
Stripe interest: Creamy white stripes in big green leaves
You’ll love the cream-and-green contrast in this striped beauty. Birkin philodendron has showy large, dark green leaves that are lined with creamy white variegation. Birkin is a non climbing and self supporting member of the philodendron family. It grows into an attractive bushy plant, reaching up to 3 feet tall and wide.
Latin name: Calathea ornata
Stripe interest: White pinstripes in dark green leaves
The wide, almond-shape dark green leaves of this calathea are pinstriped with luminous white lines. As with other calatheas, Pinstripe is green and white on the leaf top and burgundy on the leaf bottom -- which makes for a very exciting trio of colors. This African native can eventually grow up to 2 feet tall.
Latin name: Chlorophytum comosum
Stripe interest: White stripes in strappy green leaves
Spider plant, also called airplane plant, offers stripes fans an easy-care option. A versatile choice, spider plant thrives in bright light, but will also do well in low light. Plus, it isn’t fussy about a missed watering or two. Grow this stripey beauty in a hanging basket to fully appreciate the grace of its arching leaves.
Latin name: Aphelandra squarrosa
Stripe interest: Bright white veins in dark green leaves
The name of this plant says it all. Zebra plant sports stunning bright white stripes that pulsate from dark green leaves. This beauty also blooms, producing attractive spikes of long-lasting yellow flowers. A native of Brazil, zebra plant offers year-round, indoor interest.