Aphelandra squarrosa


Zebra plant

Evergreen herbaceous perennial to 1m high. Leaves are up to 30cm long, glossy and dark green with white veins. Yellow flowers are borne on 15cm spikes arising from axial bracts.


Suitable for an herbaceous border in warm climates or as an indoor plant in cool climates.


Prefers a warm, well-lit position out of direct sun. Grows best in moist and well-drained soil. Frost sensitive.


Propagate by seed or tip cuttings in spring.


Several cultivars including:

'Apollo': Pronounced white veins.

'Dania': Compact grower.

'Red Apollo': Red stems and undersides of leaves.

'Louisae:  Prolific bloomer.

'Rembrandt': Dark green leaves with thick white veins.

Plant Health

Prone to Aphids, Mealy Bugs, Scale, Mite, White flies; Leaf Spot, Botrytis Blight. 

More info

Courses on growing Tropical and Indoor Plants are available through Australian Correspondence Schools, see http://www.acs.edu.au/hort Books: ‘Growing Tropical Plants’ by John Mason and ‘Tropical and Warm Climate Gardening’ are available through http://www.acsgarden.com/shop/ Video: ‘Identifying Tropical Plants’ produced by Australian Correspondence Schools is available through http://www.acsgarden.com/shop/ CDROM: ‘Trees and Shrubs for Warm Places’ by John Mason is available through http://www.acsgarden.com/shop/

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