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Purple Waffle Plant 'Exotica'

Hemigraphis colorata

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Allen, Texas

Bryan, Texas

Kilgore, Texas

Plano, Texas

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 13, 2017, HandmadePots from Fredericton,
Canada wrote:

My review is only negative because the requirements of this plant do not suit my home. I just bought it a few weeks ago (without knowing what it was), and after identifying that it needs lots of moisture I have it on a humidity tray and I've been spraying it every day but the leaves are drying out and turning brown at the edges. We heat with wood and the house is very dry and I don't think I'll be able to keep it alive for the winter. Bummer, because it's very pretty.


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.


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?


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.


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 en... read more


On Jun 15, 2008, goofybulb from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) 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!


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.


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.


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.