Described as a tough-as-nails houseplant the Chinese Evergreen holds a secret in its leaves. The plant is said to bring luck to its owner. In fact one man noticed the outline of numbers on a leaf and used these numbers to buy a winning lottery ticket. Apparently the trick is to count the spots on the leaves, but the question is which spots and which leaves? For further details read this article by Abbi Hayes which I found on the Planters Place website.
Aglaonemas, or Chinese Evergreen plants, are one of the best houseplants to try for those who weren?t blessed with a green thumb.
They belong to the Araceae family, which include other tough-as-nails houseplants such as the Peace Lily (Spathiphylum) and Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia).? There are about 50 different Aglaonema species, all with different variegation patterns and colors, but white or silver variegation is most common (like the Silver Queen shown in the picture). It?s worth keeping an eye out for less commonly found varieties that display bright pink, red, and/or yellow variegation.
The Lucky Houseplant
Aglaonemas get their name from the Greek words aglos, which means bright, and nema, which means thread. They are native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia, where they grow on the forest floor, making them perfectly suited for low light conditions. The Chinese were the first to cultivate them, hence the common name, Chinese Evergreen.
There are tales of Aglaonemas bringing luck to their owners, specifically one of a man who noticed the outline of numbers on his plant after a rainstorm and bought a winning lottery ticket based on those numbers. Apparently some people now pick their lottery numbers by counting the spots on the leaves of their Aglaonemas, but this seems next to impossible since most variety?s leaves are more striped than spotted, and those that are spotted are either not clearly defined or have so many spots that it would take hours to count them.