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PlantFiles: Purple Waffle Plant
Hemigraphis colorata 'Exotica'

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemigraphis (hem-ee-GRAF-iss) (Info)
Species: colorata (kol-oh-RAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Exotica

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Treebeard86 On Nov 5, 2013, Treebeard86 from Auburn, AL wrote:

I bought a purple waffle a little over a year ago. I was worried when I got it because I am so horrible at taking care of plants. Let me tell you that this thing is sturdy! I forget to water it and while it does look pitiful and droops all I have to do is add a little water and stick it in the sun and it looks brand new in a few hours. I would totally recommend this plant to a beginner or someone who is like me and forgets to water. I love my plant. I even named him Bob.

Neutral purplewafflehel On Oct 3, 2012, purplewafflehel from Westmere, NY wrote:

I was given a purple waffle plant about two years ago. I went away for a few days and forgot to water it. It was quite droopy but didn't die. I watered it and it came back just fine. However, now my waffle plant doesn't have a crinkled look to it anymore. Any idea why?

Positive gaya56 On Apr 18, 2012, gaya56 from Dassel, MN wrote:

I just got a Purple Waffle about 2 weeks ago. It's just a baby, got it in a 4" pot.
I have it in a pot next to my kitchen sink so it gets watered very frequently. The window faces the north but it also gets light from the east and west. It's very lush and bushy and is already sending out babies.
If this little thing keeps growing like it has been I'm going to have to repot it again. What a great houseplant for us north central gardeners.

Positive PIQUI On Jan 4, 2012, PIQUI from Columbus, OH wrote:

I absolutely love my waffle plant! It has grown really fast and seems to want to take over my desk = ) The only problem is that I have often underwatered her, especially on long weekends, which has earned her the nickname of the "diva" plant (all credit to my coworker Brian!). I have been able to bring her back to normal but may have just gone too is now winter in Ohio and after the long New Year's weekend I came back to a mostly dead plant (the sight is indeed dramatic, therefore the diva part). I would welcome any suggestions via comments on how to revive her!!! I feel terrible and really hope to get her back. So far I have drowned her in water but I am wondering if I should also cut off the longest shoots so that she doesn't have to spread water and energy all the way to the ends, make sense? I have read that it goes dormant in the winter, though, so I don't want to add the trauma of cutting shoots to the lack of watering! Suggestions?

Positive goofybulb On Jun 15, 2008, goofybulb from El Paso, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought this plant for a dear friend of mine from a house plants section in Miami, but I forgot to mention this to him. A year later, he gave me a baby purple waffle plant from his original one. Both of us kept our plants outside, and let me tell you, they couldn't be happier! The only secret here in Miami: please do not keep it in full sun. It is happy in part-shade to shade.
Beautiful color adition and pretty ruffles!

Neutral HarryNJ On Nov 22, 2003, HarryNJ from Ocean Grove, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Seems to suck up water at an unbelievable rate and the leaves brown and fall off at the slightest drying of the rootball. So you do have to water this a lot more often than most houseplants. Also seems fairly susceptible to mealybugs, but otherwise a fairly easy plant to grow.

Positive pinky100 On Nov 21, 2003, pinky100 from Mason, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant is very unique. The showy leaves have magnificent color and Texture. It has a plastic feel to the leaves.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 26, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Trailing stems produce puckered leaves with reddish colored under sides. Originally from New Guinnea.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Miccosukee Cpo, Florida
Odessa, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Venus, Florida
Seymour, Indiana
Covington, Louisiana
Geismar, Louisiana
Gonzales, Louisiana
Slidell, Louisiana
Fort George G Meade, Maryland
Andover, Minnesota
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Tucumcari, New Mexico
Albany, New York
Southold, New York
Columbus, Ohio
Hartsville, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
North Charleston, South Carolina
Bryan, Texas
Kilgore, Texas
Plano, Texas
Seattle, Washington

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