Aglaonema commutatum holds a particular place in the Aglaonema family. It’s one of the original Chinese evergreens, so to speak, and the one that has most extensively been used to create the range of cultivars that we know today.
Naturally found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Aglaonema rotundum is hailed by some houseplant enthusiasts as the most beautiful original Chinese evergreen species of them all.
Its oval foliage is usually fully green, although flecks of silver can also appear. This is something nurseries have made use of to create stable silver-patterned cultivars.
They’re mostly silvery green in color, but feature an almost feathery dark green pattern. Do keep in mind that this variety is relatively sensitive to cold damage and doesn’t appreciate temperatures below 55°F.
If you spot a Chinese evergreen plant at your local plant store, there’s a very good chance it’s Aglaonema ‘Silver Bay’. The same goes for the specimens found at shopping malls and offices.