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Waffle Plant Strobilanthes alternata 'Exotica'

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Hemigraphis alternata 'Exotica'
  • Hemigraphis 'Exotica'
Phonetic Spelling
stroh-bil-AN-theez al-ter-NAY-tuh
Description

A tender, herbaceous, tropical perennial often grown as an annual or a container plant.  The 'Exotica' cultivar features shiny purple leaves with a puckered "waffle" texture, hence its common name.  Tolerant of drought and dry soils.

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Tags:
#showy flowers#partial shade#annual#drought tolerant#white flowers#container plant#purple leaves#showy leaves#hanging baskets#tropical perennial#spreading#tender perennial#herbaceous perennial#groundcover#dry soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#partial shade#annual#drought tolerant#white flowers#container plant#purple leaves#showy leaves#hanging baskets#tropical perennial#spreading#tender perennial#herbaceous perennial#groundcover#dry soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Strobilanthes
    Species:
    alternata
    Family:
    Acanthaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 9 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil