Waffle Plant, Dragon's Tongue, Narrow Flame Leaf Ivy
Hemigraphis repanda 'Acanthus'

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemigraphis (hem-ee-GRAF-iss) (Info)
Species: repanda (REP-an-duh) (Info)
Cultivar: Acanthus

Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Dark/Black

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Veined

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brooksville, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Odessa, Florida

Marietta, Georgia

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 14, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have had my plant four years. It did not do well in full sun so I moved it to a container in mostly shade. It's a slow grower. It has delicate dark green top-dark purple underside leaves which are heavily veined. It blooms continuously throughout the year. It rarely drops leaves and is frequently visited by butterflies & bee's even though it's under a shade tent. Once established it requires a minimum of water.