Strobilanthes alternata

Waffle plant

Strobilanthes alternata

Waffle plant

  • Also known as Hemigraphis colorata
  • Bushy creeping plant for tropical terrariums
  • Decorative foliage
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Description

The Waffle plant is generally known as Hemigraphis colorata or H. alternata, but has more recently been moved to the genus Strobilanthes. This herbaceous plant from the Acanthus family (Acanthaceae) originates from Malaysia and Indonesia and is now widespread as a tropical ornamental plant. There are various cultivated forms; our plant with hammered leaves is probably the cultivar 'Exotica'. The branched, purple hairy stems grow in an ascending to prostrate manner and take root on contact with the ground. This allows the plant to form a dense carpet. The egg-shaped leaves have a purple coloured blade up to approx. 10 cm long on the underside. Inflorescences with short-lived whitish, trumpet-shaped flowers occasionally appear.

As a plant from the humid tropics, Strobilanthes alternata grows best at higher temperatures of over 20 °C and air that is not too dry, in a loose substrate that is kept moist but must not become waterlogged. The initially upright stems lie on the ground after a certain length and continue to grow by creeping. Propagation takes place by head cuttings.

Strobilanthes alternata can be used as a bushy accent or taller ground cover on the terrarium floor, as well as on moist back walls. In keeping with its origins in Southeast Asia, the plant is well suited to rainforest terrariums. With its dark, reddish tones, the Waffle plant forms a contrast to plants with lighter colours.

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Strobilanthes alternata
Cultivation options Terrestrial, moist backwall
Growth height Approx. 10 - 20 cm
Temperature Approx. 13 - 27 °C
Humidity At least 50 %
Light requirement Moderately bright to bright, no full sun for daylight cultivation
Watering Keep moderately moist, avoid waterlogging
Fertilising Houseplant fertiliser approximately every 1 to 3 weeks
Propagation Head cuttings
Suitable for Various tropical terrariums, also rainforest terrariums
Cultivation options
Terrestrial, moist backwall
Growth height
Approx. 10 - 20 cm
Temperature
Approx. 13 - 27 °C
Humidity
Minimum 50 %
Light requirement
Moderately bright to bright, no full sun for daylight cultivation
Watering
Keep moderately moist, avoid waterlogging
Fertilising
Houseplant fertiliser about every 1 to 3 weeks
Propagation
Head cuttings
Suitable for
Various tropical terrariums, also rainforest terrariums

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Item no.
192.0393.01
EAN
Weight 0,10 kg
Shipping weight 0,29 kg

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