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Zebra Plant

Aphelandra spp.

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Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

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Zebra Plant Overview

Aphelandra is a genus containing less than 200 evergreen shrubs and perennials with attractive, often white veined, foliage and showy flowers. They make popular houseplants for their flowers and glossy patterned foliage and many have been called Zebra Plants by collectors. Be careful though as the common name Zebra Plant is shared with other, unrelated species and may lead to confusion! Flowers are produced in dense spikes and are surrounded by brightly coloured modified leaves, called bracts. These tropical plants are native to the Americas in tropical climates and can grow up to 2m high.

Common problems with Zebra Plant

How to propagate Zebra Plant


Propagate by seed or tip cuttings from young stems in spring.


Special features of Zebra Plant

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant, dark green leaves, sometimes with prominent white venation.

Attractive flowers

Attractive blooms.

Indoor plant

May be grown indoors with bright, indirect light.

Other uses of Zebra Plant

Grown for their showy flowers and foliage, often as indoor plants in temperate zones.