Purple Waffle - Purple Waffle
- Botanical Name: Hemigraphis Alternata
- Origins: Java
- Light: Medium Light
- Watering: Daily
- Growth Speed: Medium
- Grower: Average
- Style: Table Top
- Home Decor: Ultra Modern
- Variety Code: 294
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Product Description - Purple Waffle
Hemigraphis is alternately known under common names Metal Leaf, Metallic plant, Purple Waffle plant, Red-flame ivy, Red ivy, and Cemetery plant (Fiji). The genus consists of 90 species of low-growing, slender-stemmed annuals, perennials, and sub-shrubs. Native to India and Java, Hemigraphis is a prostrate tropical perennial that typically grows to between 6 and 9 inches tall and spreads indefinitely along the ground, rooting at the stem nodes as it goes. It is primarily valued as a ground cover for its colorful foliage but also used as a plant for hanging baskets, containers or terrariums.
Toothed, puckered, ovate-cordate leaves (to 3 inches long) are metallic silvery gray-green above and purple beneath. The leaves have a slight shine to their slivery-purple color. Tiny, five-lobed, bell-shaped, white flowers in 1 inch racemes bloom in summer. Flowers are insignificant. Hemigraphis is a shade-tolerant species, capable of growing and invading beneath forest overstories. In Fiji, it is cultivated in settlements and villages and sparingly naturalized along trails.
Plant CareHemigraphis is not an easy plant to grow. It needs winter warmth, moist air, and pruning when stems become straggly. The plant tolerates Low Light but grows best in an east or west window, or in partial sun to partial shade. Keep the soil moist as the plant requires a lot of water. Hemigraphis needs temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees and grows best in high humidity. There are no serious insect or disease problems, but watch for scale and whiteflies. It is a good cover for flower beds in full sun or in semi-shade. It does not like cold climates and it loses part of its foliage during winter months. Keep media moderately damp using deionized water; high humidity is required. Purple Waffles may be grown under fluorescent light.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 08:52 |
posted by Lindsey
Very pretty plant with cute white flowers. I use a spray bottle to spray the plant as it likes humidity and I live in Arizona. Has been doing well in an eastern window (gets sun half the day). I neglected it for a week, and all of the foliage died. I cut off all the withered stems and leaves and at the very bottom, I can see new leaves. Hoping for the best!
Sunday, 24 March 2013 23:52 |
posted by Terri
Like many of the comments I have read,
Mine came from Walmart & the 2nd plant to have live this long. My apt is humid.as hell & I live in the South.it sits n the window of my kitchen I water it w Miracle Gro and it too is top heavy & begining to spead over my kitchen
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 01:04 |
posted by Lucas
At first I had one in my house and it didn't grow well. I returned it, bought a new one, put it on the porch and now it is beautiful. It even has white flowers!
Sunday, 06 January 2013 23:24 |
posted by ann
I found this very small,almost dead plant at Lowe's for 25 cents, 3 months later and alot of water I now have a beautiful plant with tiny white flowers all over it.
Sunday, 16 December 2012 23:50 |
posted by John
It's as easy to grow as a philodendron. Give it some water every few days and it's happy. I just repotted mine and it is a happy little plant.
Thursday, 06 December 2012 08:17 |
posted by AquaJeff
Can this be used as an aquarium plant? It appears to be selling on ebay for tropical fish tanks. I would love it but after reading here I'm not sure?
Sunday, 04 November 2012 14:25 |
posted by Mary R. - Albany, New York
Buy It! I love this plant. Visually-Outstanding; with small white flowers among the deep purple leaves. As a potted plant; full beyond pot limits,resiliency makes for easy care. Its care by me; outdoor: southern light-direct and indoor: western light-indirect, every other day light watering. More if heat index is high. Aquired as a sm.2"plant and its growth is amazing; now a 16" pot. Plant is now 2yrs old. I will need to split it to another pot and plant the rest in the ground for the yard; wish me luck.
Monday, 17 September 2012 02:38 |
posted by Mary Chambers
My plant is getting very long and starting to hang, should I trim it? Or is it supposed to turn into a hanging plant?
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 20:29 |
posted by debbie the urban gardener
I put my plant outside on my back step and mist it every morning before going to work. Fertilize every 3 months and it is doing great.
Saturday, 21 July 2012 12:40 |
posted by SNL
Ours was doing great. Then, I let it go unwatered a little too long....
Plant looked a goner. But I gave a good watering, and prayed for the best. Oddly, it surged in growth, really more, so we were saved by the last minute desperate prayer again. I felt the pot the other day, have not replanted, and it seemed a bit moist but the leaves dragged....felt a little deeper into the soil, like a baby's diaper found, wow, the soil was dry, really soaked it good.
These plants seem to like lots of water, even if they are in a bathroom.
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