This plant is closely related to marantas and requires very similar culture and treatment. It is of Brazilian origin and was a great favourite in the warm greenhouses of Victorian times. Lately it has been re-introduced as a houseplant. It makes a neat pot plant growing to about 30-45cm (1-1 jit) high. The handsome ovalare variegated with light and dark green herring-bone markings, often with silvery streaks.
Stromanlhes thrive in the modern peat-basedcomposts, but appreciate a moist atmosphere and should never be
allowed to dry out completely. They are useful for the more shady parts of the home, provided the necessary warmth and moisture can be maintained, and grow well inwith other plants. Propagation is by division of established clumps in spring or early summer. Pests and diseases are unusual, being the most likely. Chills and erratic temperatures may cause the to shrivel and turn brown around the edges. See also calatheas and marantas.