Aphelandra squarrosa (Zebra Plant)

  • Native to rainforests in Brazil
  • 12”-48” height, 6”-36” width
Growth Habit
  • Upright, tree-like growth habit, branching promotes more flowers
light requirement
  • Medium to bright, indirect light
    • Example – within 2-3 ft of bright window
special requirements
  • This plant goes through a period of semi-dormancy in the winter months. Less watering and diluted fertilizer will help keep the plant alive through this time. 
  • During the growing season, water frequently but not too thoroughly. Excessive water deep in the pot can cause issues
  • Colorful, flowering indoor plant
  • Tabletop or floor plant depending on size 
  • Outdoor shade plant during spring and summer
common problems
  • Browning leaves and leaf drop 
    • Usually signs of too much water deep in the pot. Water frequently with less water. 
  • Slow, small growth
    • Not enough light
  • Lack of flowers
    • Not enough fertilization

Pet Friendly info from ASPCA Website
Check their list for all toxic and nontoxic plants for your pets, including indoor and outdoor plants. Any questions call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.


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