Aphelandra squarrosa Zebra Plant
Aphelandra squarrosa Zebra Plant
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Aphelandra squarrosa Zebra Plant

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140mm

Aphelandra squarrosa, this indoorplant known more commonly as Zebra plant, is a tropical plant originally from Brazil. Typically grown indoors, it's lauded for its unique dark leaves that are striped with white veins, as well as its colorful flowers. When in bloom (which usually happens in late summer or early autumn) a Zebra plant bears tall golden bracts that can reach several inches and number between two to four per plant, lasting up to six weeks. Like many tropical plants, the Zebra plant can be a challenge to grow indoors, especially in temperate areas. It requires a lot of moisture, warmth, and food to thrive, and indoor conditions are not always naturally conducive to the plant. Still, with the right care and attention, a Zebra plant can thrive for several months, if not into the following year.


Botanical name Aphelandra squarrosa
Common name Zebra plant
Plant type Annual
Mature size 1–2 ft. tall (indoors), 4–6 ft. tall (outdoors), 1–5 ft. wide
Sun exposure Indirect, partial
Soil type Moist
Soil pH Neutral to acidic
Bloom time Late summer, early fall
Flower color Yellow
Hardiness zones 11, 12 (USDA)
Native area Brazil
Toxicity Non-toxic, can irritate skin