Little and often is a good rule for him. Keep his soil lightly moist by watering whenever the top inch of soil is dry.
He likes a lot of indirect light, which means he loves a bright room but prefers to be out of direct sun.
A moist atmosphere keeps his leaves healthy. A bright bathroom is a good home, or give him a good misting regularly.
Hard tap water can leave marks on his leaves. He prefers filtered water (or you can use water that’s been boiled and left to cool).
Zebra plant; White wash
Plant height (including pot)
Toxic if ingested
Nursery pot size
About Aphelandra squarrosa
Aphelandra squarrosa is one of several plants known as Zebra plant. The thing they all have in common is - you guessed it - stripes. On this plant, they’re all over those gorgeous leaves.
You’d typically find it in Brazilian rainforests, growing huge and proud in the light shade of larger trees. With the right conditions - lots of light and the preferred level of moisture - it explodes with bright yellow bracts. They may look like flowers, but the bracts are actually modified leaves that surround the flowers. The flowers themselves are tiny little things. The zingy bracts act like a massive welcome sign for pollinators.
To look after one at home, the most important thing to consider is moisture. Used to the steamy conditions of a rainforest, it likes a humid atmosphere.
Did you know?
There are over 170 different species of Aphelandra.
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