Tired of the monotony of your green plants? Popular on Instagram and Pinterest, patterned varieties are the new chic that is all the rage this year. Very decorative, their leaves are adorned with surprising patterns with shapes so amazing that you would think they were hand painted! Green, purple, silver and even pink, we dare the unexpected. Oxygenating and even depolluting for some, they bring a little sweetness in our city interiors. Our tips and favorites for a colorful interior!
All styles are in nature!
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Originating from dense tropical forests, plants with variegated leaves are rather rare in the wild. They grow close to the ground in corners little exposed to light, hence their atypical pigmentation. Less efficient at producing energy by photosynthesis than their green cousins, they nevertheless have an advantage. Like some animal species, they use the camouflage technique to protect themselves from predators. Not stupid these plants!
What about maintenance?
A little maintenance but above all a lot of love!
© Anna-Malin / A beautiful mess
Variegated varieties are generally a little more fragile than their cousins. This is also what makes their delicate charm. Nothing dramatic, however! Many species have adapted perfectly to urban life. In our latitudes, we just make sure to follow these tips. * Pay attention to the brightness! Even if your little wonder undeniably needs it, an excess or a lack of light could on the other hand harm its pretty drawings. Direct sunbeams to be avoided! At the beginning, we do not hesitate to do several location tests to see how the plant behaves. * Another important point: temperature. We pay attention to variations and drafts, and avoid placing them at the foot of the radiator. * Regarding watering, we act sparingly! These are plants that don't like drought, but it's not about drowning them either. We wait until the earth's surface has dried between two water supplies and we spray its leaves from time to time. Ideally, place them in the bathroom since they love humidity. * Last point, we pamper them! During the growth period, a small fertilizer supply twice a month against once in winter will do them the greatest good.
Calathea, the new ficus
Calathea, the star of patterned plants.
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The Calatheas family offers a wide variety of species. A tough choice for those who want to offer themselves a new protege! Elongated leaves for some, more round for others. Magical patterns and colors: between shades of green, yellow or silver and purple reverse. To top it off, their flowering is sometimes colorful! Our favorites: the Calathéa Rattlesnake, for its long wavy leaves and the Calathéa Orbifolia for its roundness and stripes.
Maranta, the Sleeping Beauty
The Maranta Leucomera with incredible foliage (but true!).
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You guessed, they are the cousins of the Calathéas ! Like them, a genetic peculiarity allows the leaves to lower during the day and to recover in the evening. For this reason, they are called “prayer plants” or “sleepers”. Slightly more robust than calatheas, marantas are nevertheless often smaller. Our favorite: the Maranta Leucomera, very elegant. Its rounded leaves and red veining contrast with the regularity of its green patterns. Here is a plant which, on its own, will add style to your interior! And for pet owners, good news: marantas are not toxic. Absorbing formaldehyde, they are even depolluting. No reason to deprive yourself.
Alocasia, elephant ears
Alocasia, a plant that looks great.
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The Alocasia, very popular in the 1950s, is back in the spotlight today in its most graphic version. It is also known as the elephant ear due to the size of its leaves. Thanks to the height of its stems which grow from a tuber, this beautiful plant remains graceful and airy. Its foliage, usually of a deep dark green with very graphic silver veins make it a very popular species. We also like it in its more compact “Black velvet” version, with an intense color. For the record, the alocasia would be the plant represented in the illustrations of the story “Jacques and the magic bean”, symbol of the opportunities to be seized. So what are you waiting for?
Tradescantia Zebrina, funny zebra
The perfect plant for your pretty pendant lights.
© Mango and Salt / Not on the high street
Its leaves with green accents and purple stripes of silver, coupled with the falling side of its coat, hoist it straight up in our favorites. Also known as misery, this hanging plant proliferates quickly. We love its soft foliage which grows in a zigzag. Almost indestructible, Tradescantia is a plant that easily forgives forgetting to water. Even if it is not part of the succulent family, its stems allow it to store good amounts of water. Definitely, Mother Nature is well done!
Monstera variegata, the masterpiece
Jackson Pollock has only to be careful!
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Also called Variegated Monstera, here is the two-tone version of the one we already know for its large pierced leaves and its tropical look. Much sought after for the unique character of each leaf, its shape is slender and graceful. With its foliage sometimes pigmented with white sometimes speckled with green, you would swear that a painter has been there. Sometimes more difficult to find on the market, these vines with marbled patterns blend perfectly with vintage Scandinavian furniture. What differences with his big green sister? In terms of maintenance, we will make sure to offer it a little less light and a little more water. Little tip to know how the plant feels: we look at its new leaves, the larger and more cut they are the better.
Peperomia Argyreia, a fruity look
Will you take back some watermelon?
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Take a look at the foliage of Peperomia Argyreia and you will know exactly why it is nicknamed the Watermelon peperomia ! Gray and dark green stripes, dark red stems: we can say that there are some similarities with the fruit. Compact and original, ideal for a houseplant! If you are told that it is easy to maintain, do you believe us?
Fittonia, the star of color
Beautiful colored veins.
© A beautiful mess / Tropics At Home
It attracts all eyes by the variegated and ribbed colors of its foliage. From dark green to flaming red through pale pink, its variations are sometimes very surprising. You should have a choice! Be careful however, Fittonia fears the cold! The good idea: cultivate it in a bottle or terrarium , in order to maintain a stable temperature and humid atmosphere.
Begonia Maculata, the peas are white
Begonia maculata and its foliage smeared with white spots.
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Thanks to its foliage speckled with white dots, its dress is very fanciful. Also called begonia bamboo or tamaya, impossible to miss its large asymmetrical leaves. With him, no need to make tons of them: a minimalist pot is enough to enhance it. The icing on the cake, it is adorned with pink or white flowers in summer. So there, we adhere to 100%.
Some exceptions to go further
On the left the resistant Haworthia Fasciata, and on the right, the Sarracenia Leucophylla.
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Often native to hostile environments, some other plant families have also adopted patterns as a defense. Regarding their maintenance, be careful not to confuse them! In the family of succulents, we can cite the variety Haworthia Fasciata for the originality of its reasons. Unlike tropical plants, it is very resistant to drought. We also think of Sarracenia Leucophylla , a beautiful carnivore that children love. Its large white urns are finely chiseled with green and sometimes even red. A real mosaic! So, ready to recreate a real patterned botanical garden in your cozy little nest?