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Aphelandra squamorra
Zebra plant
 
Acanthaceae
 

Aphelandra squamorra, Zebra plant

 

Aphelandra squamorra, Zebra plant

Widely grown as a house plant, this Brazilian species can grow to 6 ft (1.8 m) high under ideal conditions. It has blackish-green leaves up to 12 in (30 cm) long. The flower spike is around 8 in (20 cm) long, bright yellow and often tinted red or maroon. There are a number of cultivars, varying in leaf size and pattern, and flower colors. Louisae is the cultivar most commonly grown, with bright creamy-white main veins and midribs. ‘Dania’ has yellow to orange-yellow flowers, which are rarely seen, and leaves with prominent white veins.
Hardiness zone from 11 To 12
Flowering colors: Orange, Red, Yellow
Cultivation: These tropical plants are very cold sensitive and liable to drop foliage if exposed to temperatures below 60F (15C), or to cool draughts for prolonged periods. In the tropics they can be planted outdoors in moist, humus-enriched, well-drained soil in partial shade; otherwise they require a position indoors in strong light, though not direct sun. Cut back stems after flowering. Propagate from seed or cuttings.

 

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