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Waffle Plant in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Hemigraphis alternata

 

Waffle Plant

Grown primarily for its cascading foliage with a purple color and metallic tint. Grown easily indoors under the right growing conditions and protected from cold, it trails hapily from baskets. Grown outside in warm regions, it makes atttractive ground cover. Tiny, five-lobed, bell-shaped, white flowers in 1” racemes bloom in summer. Flowers are insignificant.

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plant Features
  • Waffle Plant likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Waffle Plant likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Waffle Plant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Waffle Plant likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Waffle Plant

Latin name

Hemigraphis alternata

type

Perennial

family

Acanthaceae

ph

6.1 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Waffle Plant likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Waffle Plant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Waffle Plant likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

  • Water

    Waffle Plant likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Waffle Plant is 0.50meters x 0.30meters 0.50 M 0.30 M

Hemigraphis alternata

Grown primarily for its cascading foliage with a purple color and metallic tint. Grown easily indoors under the right growing conditions and protected from cold, it trails hapily from baskets. Grown outside in warm regions, it makes atttractive ground cover. Tiny, five-lobed, bell-shaped, white flowers in 1” racemes bloom in summer. Flowers are insignificant.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Summer

This Hemigraphis enjoys bright but filtered light to grow happily. Some direct early morning eastern or late afternoon western sun will enhance the colour of the leaves. Avoid direct sunlight, especially midday, which can burn the thin leaves. Your plant will adapt to lower light but growth will slow down and be spindly and pale. Use a fast-draining medium and water generously during the active growing period – from spring to early autumn - to keep the plant evenly moist. It is important that you use a porous soil that does not compact because susceptibility to rot is high and chronic over-watering will inevitably kill your plant. A warm location with average to high temperatures – 15.5ºC (60ºF) and above - is ideal. Keep your plant away from cold drafts and drying winds; do not expose to temperatures below 13ºC (55ºF).

 

Propagation

From Late Spring TO Mid Summer

Propagation is by stem cuttings taken in late spring or summer. Start by taking 3- to 4-inch cuttings from the green (still soft, not woody) part of the plant. Strip off any leaves on the bottom half of the cutting. Dip the cutting into rooting hormone, if you so choose. Stick the cutting into a pot filled with vermiculite. Make sure the pot has excellent drainage.

 
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