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Hemigraphis alternata - Purple Waffle Plant

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Hemigraphis alternata - (Purple Waffle Plant ) is a semi-spreading, semi-aquatic, tropical perennial in the Acanthaceae family from Java. They are non-toxic and fuzzy pet safe, as well as reptile safe.

Purple Waffle plants produce 2 -4” leaves that are a dark green, almost black on the tops and a dark purple on the bottom with puckering and divots to increase surface area. Purple waffle plants bloom in Spring with insignificant white flowers on small spikes and can be pinched off to save the plant’s energy. They are purchased for the beautiful purple color and odd leaves. Great plant for terrariums and fairy gardens, as houseplants or as bedding. Plants will spread as ground cover up to 8 inches and will grow up to 10 inches tall. Plants will arrive in a 2 inch plastic nursery pot or a 2.5” terra cotta pot for an additional charge when available and should be repotted in a fairy garden, terrarium or 4” pot upon arrival.

Species likes to be indoors when temps dip below 55 degrees F. Cold hardy outdoors year round in Zones 10 - 11, in bright shade. Normal room temperature inside is ideal. Plants prefer bright indirect light and do not care for direct sun. Easy to grow, soil should be kept moist at all times and not allowed to dry out. Plants can be submerged temporarily, but they are not aquatic plants and will dissolve if kept submerged for long periods of time. Plants get very dramatic when under watered but will perk back up if watered in time. Fertilize monthly with a weak, balanced fertilizer during the growing season from Spring to Fall. Plants can be misted daily or placed on a tray of rocks or pebbles to increase humidity. Message us for a link to our care guide for more detailed instructions.

Unboxing Instructions: When plant arrives, pot will be in a bag or wrapped to reduce soil loss. remove paper and packaging materials and cut out of bag or wrapping and water thoroughly. Repot in a peat based, light fast draining soil. Any leaf tips that are lost during repotting should be placed back into the soil to propagate and help to make the plant fuller and more bushy.


Winter Shipping

96 hour HEAT PACKS are available under the Accessories category. Due to the colder weather and the postal delays from Covid-19 and the increased number of packages during the holidays, we are only offering the larger, 96 hour heat pack and are upgrading all orders with a heat pack to Priority to hopefully ensure that the heat pack is still working upon arrival.

If the daytime temperature in your area or mine is below 45 degrees, we recommend a heat pack. If your area is going to be extremely cold, then you may need two heat packs. If you do not want to include heat packs during cold weather, then you take full responsibility if your plant freezes. We may check the weather between South Carolina and your location, and send a message to recommend adding a heat pack. We do not leave our plants outside for the post office to pick them up and instead take the plants to the post office before the postal truck comes at 4pm so that they are not sitting outside in the elements. We want to provide you with the highest quality plants possible and between our cost and the extra added cost of shipping, there is no mark up on heat packs and they are simply provided as a service to ensure your plants arrive safely.


They last at least 96 hours. Due to mail delays, we are only offering the 96 hour heat pack at this time. For an additional $7 charge, we are offering a shipping upgrade to priority shipping with an included heat pack. We cannot be responsible for plants that were damaged by extreme cold where a heat pack was not purchased, so please check your weather and take postal delays into consideration.


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