Aphelandra squarrosa (commonly but ambiguously called "zebra plant") is a plant species in the family Acanthaceae, which is native to Atlantic Forest vegetation of Brazil. This plant is often used as a house plant. This plant is cited in Flora Brasiliensis by Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius.
This plant likes lots of light, but not direct. It does not bloom often, but it can be encouraged to bloom by prolonged daily exposure to light. It is also very sensitive to moisture content; too much or too little water will cause the lower leaves to brown and fall off. It likes to be kept moist but not wet. On average needs small amounts of water often rather than a thorough watering once in a while.
The plant flourishes when the temperature is in the range of 18-21°C (65-70°F); and will suffer if the temperature drops below 15°C (60°F) for a prolonged period.
- Michigan State University Extension: Aphelandra squarrosa
- (Portuguese) Flora Brasiliensis: Aphelandra squarrosa
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