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Zebra Plant Aphelandra squarrosa

Description

Grown in NC as a broad-leaf evergreen as a houseplant. Distinctive ovate to elliptic dark green leaves with white stripes and showy yellow-bract flowers. Prefers a well-drained acidic potting soil.  Do not allow the soil to dry out completely. The plant prefers high humidity and temperatures that do not dip below 65º F.  Place pots on a bed of wet pebbles or grow in bathrooms to try to meet the humidity needs.  Cut plants back after flowering to manage growth.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems but look out for aphids, scale, and whiteflies.  

Cultivars:
Tags:
#showy flowers#houseplant#variegated#showy leaves#broadleaf evergreen#interiorscape#high humidity#bracts
Cultivars:
Tags:
#showy flowers#houseplant#variegated#showy leaves#broadleaf evergreen#interiorscape#high humidity#bracts
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aphelandra
    Species:
    squarrosa
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Brazil
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Description:
    bright yellow bracts
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Humidity