Western Mountains and High Plains
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Favorite or New Plant
For accenting the home with sturdy and attractive houseplants, one of my favorites is the Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema 'Silver Queen'. It has silver-streaked foliage that tolerates lower light conditions. Moderate to low light best suits this indoor plant. Care is minimal, just don't overwater it. Plant in a well-draining potting mixture, and water when the soil begins to feel dry to the touch.