Zebra plant

Aphelandra squarrosa | Also known as: Saffron spike | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

The plant that thinks it is a zebra.

It's not hard to see why Aphelandra squarrosa also goes by the name of zebra plant, it has large bright green leaves with very obvious white veins. It's a native of Brazil, but it grows well as a house plant in areas where it's too cold to grow it outdoors. It likes lots of light but it won't appreciate too much direct sunshine. It isn't a frequent flowering plant, but when the flowers do bloom, they're a lovely bright yellow colour. It's a bit of a difficult plant to grow as it can suffer if it gets either too dry or too moist, so you have to keep a close eye on it. It also needs to be kept consistently at a temperature greater than 15C.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.5 - 2
Spread [m]
  • 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
  • Early winter
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z14-15
Heat zone
  • H12-10
Heat days
  • 150 - 210
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
  • Mediterranean garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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