Aglaonema 'Emerald Star' One of the best plants for poorly lit spaces, the Chinese evergreen bears dark green leaves, 1 ½ feet long and 5 inches wide, in clumps 2 to 3 feet tall. For variegated leaves, choose A. 'Silver King' or A.' Silver Queen' with silver markings; A. 'Emerald Star' has gold splashes.
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As its common name implies, cast-iron plant is a real toughie and very drought-tolerant. Bearing glossy dark green leaves, 1 to 2½ feet long and 3 to 4 inches wide, cast-iron plant may eventually reach 3 feet tall. Plants with white- or gold-variegated leaves are available.