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HEMIGRAPHIS exotica

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Family

Acanthaceae

Botanical Name

HEMIGRAPHIS exotica

Plant Common Name

Purple Waffle Plant

General Description

Purple waffle plant is a compact, prostrate, evergreen tropical perennial with small, dark green and burgundy leaves and tiny white flowers. The oval leaves are crinkled with curled edges and look rough and rigid but feel soft to the touch. They are dark green with purple tones above and burgundy red color underneath. In the warm months, small, white, flowers are produced in spikes at the ends of the stems and contrast nicely against the dark foliage.

Grow purple waffle plant in warm, tropical areas and sites with partial sun to partial shade and moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Brighter sunlight can be tolerated if the soil is moist. Low light conditions cause the leaf color to fade. In colder climates, this is a great houseplant or seasonal annual. Interior specimens require bright, indirect light, high humidity and evenly moist soil. Purple waffle plant is beautiful in containers and hanging basket compositions. It makes a lovely groundcover for tropical beds and fills in nicely around bromeliads.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    18"-20" / 45.7cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Burgundy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No