By Andrew Gaumond
Red’s softer sister, pink is the color of affection, admiration, gentleness, happiness, and femininity. It’s easy on the eyes and goes amazing with green. Pink is one of Mother Nature’s favorite colors. While it’s commonly found blushing on flower petals, it also, sometimes, graces the leaves of traditionally green houseplants. Continue reading to learn about some of the most incredible plants with pink and green leaves.
- 23 Amazing Types of Plants With Pink and Green Leaves
- 1. Aglaonema ‘Pink Star’ (Aglaonema commutatum ‘Pink Star’)
- 2. Tricolor Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi ‘Variegata’)
- 3. Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
- 4. Rex Begonia (Begonia rex)
- 5. Pink Jelly Beans (Sedum x rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’)
- 6. Variegated Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica ‘Ruby’)
- 7. Pinstripe Plant (Goepertia ornata)
- 8. Coleus (Coleus)
- 9. Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa)
- 10. Pearl of Nurnberg (Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’)
- 11. Pink Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata ‘Tricolor’)
- 12. Earth Star (Cryptanthus bivittatus)
- 13. Calico Cat Plant (Crassula pellucida ‘Variegata’)
- 14. Rose-Painted Calathea (Geoppertia roseopicta)
- 15. Stromanthe (Stromanthe sanguinea)
- 16. Homalomena (Homalomena rubescens ‘Pink Splash’)
- 17. African Milk Tree (Euphorbia trigona)
- 18. Belize Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica ‘Belize’)
- 19. Hobbit Jade (Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit’)
- 20. Flapjack Succulent (Kalanchoe luciae ‘Flapjack’)
- 21. Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
- 22. Pink Nerve Plant (Fittonia albivenis ‘Pink Lady’)
- 23. Pink Princess Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens ‘Pink Princess’)
- When Pink and Green Are Your Favorite Plant Colors
23 Amazing Types of Plants With Pink and Green Leaves:
1. Aglaonema ‘Pink Star’ (Aglaonema commutatum ‘Pink Star’)
The pink star aglaonema belongs to the Aglaonema genus in the Araceae (arum) plant family and is native to southeast Asia and New Guinea. Most plants of this genus are commonly called Chinese evergreens, but this aglaonema is special – it has almost entirely pink leaves. Shaped like elongated hearts, the leaves of Aglaonema ‘Pink Star’ feature rosy hues that range from blushing pink to fuchsia and are rimmed in deep green.
2. Tricolor Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi ‘Variegata’)
This pink houseplant is a succulent subshrub native to Madagascar. Commonly called the tricolor kalanchoe or aurora kalanchoe, Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi ‘Variegata’ belongs to the Crassulaceae (stonecrop) plant family. While many kalanchoe plants are known for their bright-green, waxy, paddle-shaped leaves, this species’s leaves are notably smaller and encircle the central stem to form a sort of soft rosette. The plant is mainly recognized for its uniquely colored leaves that are rimmed with fuchsia and feature salmon-pink variegations.
3. Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
Arrowhead plants are native to the tropical regions of the Americas and belong to the Araceae (arum) plant family. They have leaves shaped like sharp arrowheads. Not all varieties of this species have pink leaves or pink markings, but several do. These pink-colored arrowhead plants range in saturation from leaves that have just a few pink veins to leaves that are 100% pink. Some popular pink varieties include ‘Pink Margerita’, ‘Pink Leaf’, ‘Neon Arrowhead’, ‘Neon Rubusta’, and ‘Pink Dreams’.
For more, see our in-depth guide to Arrowhead plant care at home.
4. Rex Begonia (Begonia rex)
Begonia rex is a species of flowering plant belonging to the Begoniaceae plant family. The species of begonia is native to a reasonably small region that includes Myanmar, the eastern Himalayas, and the state of Assam, India. Although it grows naturally in only a small area, the rex begonia is highly popular with gardeners and green thumbs worldwide thanks to its heart-shaped leaves that feature striking purplish-pink starbursts of color. These plants also produce beautiful flowers that can be enjoyed all year long when the growing conditions are right.
5. Pink Jelly Beans (Sedum x rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’)
The pink jelly beans plant is a popular type of succulent that gets its common name from the appearance of its waxy leaf segments that are (you might have guessed) pink and shaped like jelly beans. This delightful variety does not grow naturally anywhere; it is a man-made hybrid of two species, Sedum pachyphyllum and Sedum stahlii which are native to parts of Mexico and Central America.
6. Variegated Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica ‘Ruby’)
Native to a region that spans eastern south-central Asia from Bangladesh to Thailand and Vietnam, the Ficus elastica is a tropical plant that belongs to the Moraceae (fig) plant family. The plants have slender, sturdy, brown stems from which large, glossy, ovate leaves sprout out in all directions.
Traditionally, this plant’s leaves are deep green, but the variegated varieties feature markings in light green, maroon, or pink. The ficus ruby is a variety of variegated rubber plant that has leaves splashed with bright-pink markings that can run the length of the veins or rim the leaves.
7. Pinstripe Plant (Goepertia ornata)
The Goepertia ornata is a species of plant that belongs to the Marantaceae (arrowroot) plant family. Until recently, the species was categorized in the Calathea genus, and so it is commonly referred to as Calathea ornata. The species is native to Venezuela and Columbia.
While there has been confusion in the past about the plant’s taxonomy, there’s no doubt it belongs on this list. The pinstripe plant features large, glossy leaves in a dark shade of green, and the undersides of the leaves are a deep maroon. The tops of the leaves feature rows of double stripes that radiate outward from the central vein, and these stripes appear in a light shade of pink. The pink pinstripes run up and down either side of each leaf.
8. Coleus (Coleus)
Both a common plant name and a scientific plant name, Coleus refers to an entire genus of plants that includes herbs, shrubs, and succulents. The genus belongs to the Lamiaceae (mint) plant family and has a broad native range that spans most of the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Australia, and southern Asia.
Coleus plants are popular for growing in gardens and indoors because their foliage has ornate markings, ruffles, and variegations. While many feature red or maroon variegations, several varieties feature pink markings and patterns on their leaves. Some of the most popular include ‘Pink Chaos’, ‘Rose’, and ‘Watermelon’.
9. Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa)
Cordyline fruticosa, commonly called the ti plant, belongs to the Asparagaceae (asparagus) plant family and is native to Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, the islands of southeastern Asia, and the Pacific Islands, where it has been a common source of food and traditional herbal medicine.
The ti plant earns its place on this list thanks to its palm-like poms of lance-shaped, magenta foliage. The ti plant’s brightly colored leaves sprout in large bunches from the plant’s central trunk, and they are truly lovely to behold. In their native habitat, they can reach up to 15 feet tall. While they can grow to be large houseplants, they will remain more compact outside of their natural environment.
10. Pearl of Nurnberg (Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’)
A member of the Crassulaceae (stonecrop) plant family, Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ has roots in South America and Central America since it is a hybrid of Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metalica’ and Echeveria elegans. It is a popular evergreen succulent.
The Pearl of Nurnberg has a rose-like, starburst shape and features the common symmetrical rosette pattern of leaf segments that seem to spiral outward from the center of echeveria plants. This variety of echeveria, however, has striking coloring with vibrant shades of pink and purple marking the leaf segments at the center. These slowly fade out to a dusty bluish-green toward the plant’s edges.
11. Pink Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata ‘Tricolor’)
The pink dragon tree is native to Madagascar and sometimes referred to as the Madagascar dragon tree. It’s a member of the Asparagaceae (asparagus) plant family. Plants of the Dracaena genus are popular houseplants because they are relatively low maintenance and easy to grow, given the right conditions.
Like other dragon trees, the pink dragon tree features a skinny, brown, trunk-like stalk topped with a burst of spiky, lance-shaped palm leaves. What sets this plant apart from its siblings is its foliage which features central stripes of green and yellow rimmed with edges in rosy crimson.
12. Earth Star (Cryptanthus bivittatus)
Cryptanthus bivittatus, commonly called Earth star is a compact species of terrestrial bromeliad that belongs to the Bromeliaceae (bromeliad) plant family and is native to Brazil. Earth stars look a bit like a pile of bright-pink starfish that sprout up out of the ground. The plants form star-shaped rosettes of slender leaves that sprout from the center of the plant in layers. Due to their colorful appearance and small size, they’re a popular addition to terrariums and other container gardens that favor a humid environment.
13. Calico Cat Plant (Crassula pellucida ‘Variegata’)
The Crassula pellucida ‘Variegata’ is a variety of shrubby succulent that belongs to the Crassulaceae (stonecrop) plant family and is native to a range that spans from central to southern Africa. Commonly called the calico cat plant, Crassula pellucida ‘Variegata’ is painted with several different colors, including dusty sage, bright green, strawberry pink, and a rosy, almost-purple shade all over its stems and leaf segments.
14. Rose-Painted Calathea (Geoppertia roseopicta)
Like many types of calathea plants, the rose-painted calathea has recently been reclassified out of the Calathea genus and into the Geoppertia genus within the Marantaceae (arrowroot) plant family. This species is native to most of the northern regions of South America. The plant’s leaves are large, ovate, and paddle-like, with striking variegated markings that look almost like roughly painted brushstrokes. This particular species comes in pink varieties with pretty pink markings. Some of the most popular pink rose-painted calathea cultivars are known as ‘Rosy’, ‘Dottie’, and ‘Silvia’.
15. Stromanthe (Stromanthe sanguinea)
Stromanthe sanguinea (also known as Stromanthe thalia) is native to southern and eastern Brazil and belongs to the Marantaceae (arrowroot) plant family. The plants have pinnate or feather-shaped leaves that are highly variegated with splashes of green, yellow, and pink, usually featuring purple undersides. It’s essential to keep these plants in a location that receives enough sunlight to preserve their variegation. Attempt to grow one in too much shade, and this plant’s leaves will turn completely green.
16. Homalomena (Homalomena rubescens ‘Pink Splash’)
The Homalomena rubescens is native to a small region that includes Myanmar, the eastern Himalayas, Bangladesh, and Assam, and it belongs to the Araceae (arum) plant family. The genus name comes from the Malayan words homalos and mene which roughly translate to flat moon, which might refer to their broad and thin leaves that are shaped kind of like fat hearts.
The ‘Pink Splash’ cultivar of Homalomena rubescens is pretty rare and difficult to find, but it features leaves that are variegated with Flamingo-colored markings.
17. African Milk Tree (Euphorbia trigona)
Native to small parts of southeastern Asia and some of the Asian islands, Euphorbia trigona (also known as Euphorbia lacei) belongs to the Euphorbiaceae (spurge) plant family. This species develops a thick and sturdy trunk from which large and long, succulent branches grow. Most varieties feature green flesh on the succulent branches, but some cultivars have pink coloring and/or markings. This include Euphorbia trigona ‘Rubra’ and ‘Jade Tiger’.
18. Belize Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica ‘Belize’)
The Belize rubber plant is a variety of Ficus elastica that was cultivated from a naturally occurring mutation in the Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ plant. The Belize rubber plant does not actually come from Belize. Instead, it is native to a moderate swathe of southeastern Asia. It belongs to the Moraceae (fig) plant family. The Belize rubber plant is set apart from other rubber plants by its leaves which are splashed with peachy-coral variegations all around their margins.
19. Hobbit Jade (Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit’)
Crassula ovata, commonly called a jade plant, is a type of succulent that belongs to the Crassulaceae (stonecrop) plant family and is native to parts of southern Africa. The ‘Hobbit’ (sometimes ‘Gollum’) variety of this particular plant features longer, more finger-like leaf segments compared to the coin-shaped leaf segments of its parent species. These leaf segments are also tinged with rouge at their tips, earning them a place on this list of plants with pink leaves.
20. Flapjack Succulent (Kalanchoe luciae ‘Flapjack’)
Native to a relatively small region of southern Africa, the Kalanchoe luciae ‘Flapjack’ is a species of flowering succulent that belongs to the Crassulaceae (stonecrop) plant family. This variety of kalanchoe gets its name from the pancake-like shape of its broad, flat leaf segments forming clusters around the plant’s center. The leaf segments of this plant are primarily green, but with pink-painted tips, the leaves look as if the plant’s been flipped over and dipped in a pot of strawberry jam.
21. Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
Hypoestes phyllostachya is a leafy, flowering, evergreen shrub native to Madagascar and belongs to the Acanthaceae plant family. These little shrubs can grow to be about 12-inches tall and wide and produce pointed, oval leaves that are heavily spotted with pink markings. The leaves are variegated to the point that the leaves appear almost entirely pink and polka dotted with green. In terms of houseplants, they’re a favorite and are relatively easy to grow in the right conditions.
22. Pink Nerve Plant (Fittonia albivenis ‘Pink Lady’)
Native to north-central and northwestern South America, Fittonia albivenis is a creeping, flowering, evergreen perennial belonging to the Acanthaceae plant family. Commonly called the pink nerve plant, the ‘Pink Lady’ variety of Fittonia albivenis produces copious amounts of lush leaves that are a deep shade of green and marked all along the leaves’ veins with hair-thin lines of pink that look almost like nerves running through the plant’s foliage. These plants thrive in warm and humid environments, with regular watering cycles and bright, indirect sunlight. For more, see our in-depth guide on where to position nerve plants in the home for optimal care and feng shui benefits.
Whilst nerve plants aren’t considered toxic or poisonous to pets and humans, it’s prudent to wear a pair of protective gloves during any form of plant care as they do have tiny hairs on their stems that may cause mild irritation.
23. Pink Princess Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens ‘Pink Princess’)
The pink princess philodendron is a member of the Araceae (arum) plant family and is native to South America. While all types of philodendron plants have become popular for growing indoors, the pink princess is highly coveted for its heart-shaped leaves that feature unique variegated patterns in a sweet bubblegum pink hue. The variety is highly sought after but also quite rare. As a result, these pink plants can cost hundreds of dollars.
When shopping for a pink princess philodendron, be careful not to confuse it with a lookalike (some would say “imposter”) plant, the pink Congo philodendron. This variety has similar pink markings on its leaves due to a special injection of chemicals. As a result, the pink Congo’s pink coloring is not long-lasting. The pink princess, on the other hand, features truly pink foliage.
When Pink and Green Are Your Favorite Plant Colors
If pink and green are your favorite colors, then you can celebrate knowing there are plenty of plants that will allow you to enjoy your favorite colors throughout the year – not just when they’re in bloom. So, what are you waiting for, pink lovers of the world? Get out there (or inside) and start growing these fantastic houseplants with pink and green leaves today.
Andrew is the Editorial Director at Petal Republic. He holds a BSc degree in Plant Sciences and has trained professionally at leading floristry schools in London and Paris. In amongst overseeing a global editorial team, Andrew's a passionate content creator around all things flowers, floral design, gardening, and houseplants.
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