Schismatoglottis wallichii (Schismatoglottis wallichii)

Schismatoglottis wallichii Plant Features

Schismatoglottis wallichii, is a stunning tropical plant native to areas of Southeast Asia. The medium to large leaves are arrow- or shield-shaped and sport a silvery-green chevron marking. This gives it a bold look that makes it stand out, so you can enjoy it as a focal point or to accent other plants in your collection. 

When it's young, Schismatoglottis wallichii makes for an elegant tabletop plant. As it grows and matures, it can reach 3 feet tall with leaves that can be 18 inches long. It's an excellent partner for plants like Peace Lily and Money Tree. 

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Schismatoglottis wallichii Growing Instructions

Schismatoglottis wallichii Light Needs

This variegated houseplant likes medium to bright indirect light. It may hold up to low light, but it won't grow as lush, large, or as fast. Schismatoglottis wallichii does equally well under natural light as artificial light. As is the case with many houseplants from tropical rainforests, avoid exposing it to direct afternoon sun, especially in Southern regions or hot-summer places. Direct sunlight can leave ugly sunburn on the leaves, which looks like bleached patches on the foliage.

Schismatoglottis wallichii Water Needs

You may find your Schismatoglottis is a little thirstier than your average houseplant. When it starts to get dry, it will wilt, but like Peace Lily, to which it's closely related, it will recover quickly when watered again. If it dries out too much in between waterings, the leaves may bounce back, but with yellow or brown edges. 
Its tendency to wilt can be a useful trait for houseplant beginners because it tells you when it's thirsty --- and this can be a great reminder to check on your other plants. 

Schismatoglottis wallichii Humidity Needs

As you might guess from a plant native to tropical rainforests, your Schismatoglottis will prefer average to above-average relative humidity levels. Help keep its foliage looking its best in dry indoor air by growing it in a group with other houseplants, growing it in a display case, or placing it in a room with a humidifier. 
Keep it away from drafts, as well. Exposure to air that's significantly warmer or colder than the ambient temperature may cause its leaves to go yellow. Avoid placing your Schismatoglottis near heating or air-conditioning vents, drafty doors/windows, or other similar locations. 

Fertilizing Schismatoglottis wallichii

Your variegated Schismatoglottis houseplant does not require regular feedings to remain healthy, though it certainly benefits from them. You may fertilize it in the spring or summer if you like. Use a fertilizer designed specifically for houseplants or container plants. Follow the advice on the product container, and never use more fertilizer (in terms of quantity or frequency) than the product's label recommends.

Pruning Schismatoglottis wallichii  

You should find your plant doesn't require any special pruning except to cut off any leaves as they yellow from old age. 

Note: This plant may have some natural degree of toxicity and may cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Additionally, exposure to the sap of this plant may cause discomfort to individuals with a sensitivity to it upon contact. Grown for ornamental purposes and not intended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Constantly moist soil

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors


  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Schismatoglottis wallichii

Contrast the silvery markings on this plant with the rich, purple-black foliage of Geo.

Silver Dragon Alocasia
Play up the silver look by pairing this aroid with its cousin, Silver Dragon Alocasia.

Jet Diamond Peace Lily
Jet Diamond Peace Lily sports variegated foliage that looks great with Schismatoglottis wallichii.