While Charlie's stromanthe (Stromanthe 'Charlie') is prized primarily for its striking green and white variegated leaves, it also puts forth flowering stalks in the spring and summer. Buds, protected with showy orange calyxes, open to display white blooms. This stromanthe, just introduced to the gardening world in 2013, is named after Charlie McDaniel, a Florida teacher and avid horticulturalist who had it in his own collection. To this day, we don't know whether he collected it in Brazil or it turned up as a sport in his greenhouse. As a rain forest understory native it wants heat, humidity, and at least partial shade to thrive.