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PlantFiles: White Candles
Whitfieldia elongata

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Whitfieldia (wit-FEELD-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: elongata (ee-long-GAH-tuh) (Info)

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive QueenThumb On May 26, 2012, QueenThumb from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

About 7 years ago I came across three of these in 4" pots at Target, of all places. No identifiers or tags. Somehow I planted them in the perfect location, in morning sun/dappled shade, and they are still with me, blooming all year long. Just recently I finally found out the name of this plant, by Google-imaging "white shrimp plant". I throw Osmocote on everything and they look good. Could use some pruning back is all. Approx 4.5' tall by 2' wide. The one in deeper shade is all leaves, which are lovely in and of themselves.

Positive tremax On Jun 2, 2008, tremax from Delray Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I bought these plants in January, 2008 when they were in full bloom. It is now May'08 and they are still in full bloom. Three are in a screened pool area and there others in shadier areas. So they have behaved beautifully and seem to want to bloom the year round. Watered normally. I am in 10A.

Positive AnitaEdge On Feb 15, 2007, AnitaEdge from Fayetteville, NC wrote:

'White Candles' is one of my favorite indoor plants! I bought it as a young plant and placed it in a west-facing window in my home. I have been richly rewarded with the most pristine white blooms that I've ever seen every summer since. I cut it back last year to encourage a more pleasing shape, and have watched the plant take off! I anticipate many, many gorgeous white blooms in July/August of this year!

Neutral jnana On Oct 11, 2006, jnana from South Florida, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

At the beginning I was very excited about this new plant. As time progressed I've found that it blooms rather infrequently. It also gets leggy without much appeal in general. Iron deficiency seems to be common with this plant. Dappled sun is needed for best results.


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

Delray Beach, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Naples, Florida (2 reports)
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Fayetteville, North Carolina

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