Variegated Houseplants Guide for Beginners

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Variegated Houseplants

By:  Chelsea Lipford Wolf

Have you heard of variegated plants but not quite sure what that means or where to get them? They are trending in popularity right now and for good reason! They can add so much more oomph to a room than your average all-green houseplant. And they’re already at your local garden center!

Variegated houseplants are simply plants with more than one color on the leaves. They aren’t complicated or fussy, just different! But the added color creates depth and texture you’re missing out on with other plants. Here are some common variegated houseplants you can easily find and adopt for your house.


Philodendron Birkin

Variegated HouseplantsLet’s start with one of the most common beginner-friendly houseplants, the Philodendron. There are so many varieties and all are equally easy to care for. They can tolerate low light situations and do well with sporadic watering.

The Philodendron Birkin is a variegated version that has big green leaves with white stripes, similar to a zebra. This variety grows more upright compared to the typical ‘heartleaf philodendron’. So it will add even more interest in your decor by adding height, especially when paired with a planter on a stand like the Hemingway.



Marble Queen Pothos

Variegated HouseplantsSimilar to the philodendron’s easy-to-care-for nature, the pothos is a classic go-to houseplant. The Marble Queen variety has light green leaves with creamy white variegation on the leaves. It can grow long vines if you let it which looks lovely draped over the side of your indoor planter.

Since green and white can be considered neutral colors, a planter with some color, like the Henrietta pictured here, can add even more to your décor!







Variegated HouseplantsCommonly referred to as the ‘Wandering Jew’ plant, an inchplant grows long tendrils, similar to the pothos. But unlike the pothos, the Tradescantia zebrina’s primary coloring is purple! And because we’re talking about variegated plants here, there’s also green variegation on the leaves as well.

Pairing this purple stunner with a more subdued white planter allows that foliage to really shine! Bonus if the planter is tall or on a stand so those flowing vines can spill right over.



Calathea Roseopicta

Variegated HouseplantsThe Calatheas are basically just one big family of variegated plants! Whichever one you choose, you’re sure to have varying colors on the leaves. The roseopicta, or ‘rose-painted’, Calathea brings a lot of fun with it’s pinkish purple variegation. Depending on the specific variety, you’ll also find green and white stripes or outlines on the leaves as well.

Similar to the Philodendron Birkin, it also grows upright making it easy to pair with a smaller plant in the same container. The light green and white variegation of the Teardrop Peperomia lightens up the Calathea Roseopicta in the Henrietta planter seen here.

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