The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Acantaceae.

Aphelandra squarrosa Nees. Common name(s): Saffron-spike, Zebra plant
Aphelandra Genus of about 170 species of evergreen shrubs and subshrubs from moist woodland in tropical North, Central, and South America. All year round Aphelandra's large leaves with silvery veins provide an attractive feature, and then for about 6 weeks in autumn it is crowned by a golden cone. Unfortunatelly it is not easy to keep an Aphelandra under ordinary room for more than a few month. The fate of nearly all of them is to become leggy and leafless. The way to avoid this is to feed regularly, never allow the compost to dry out, mist frequently and keep warm in winter. Remove dead blooms after flowering. Aphelandra
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 55F in winter.Brightly lit spot. Keep well away from direct sunlight. Grow in soil-based potting mix. Keep compost moist at all times but never waterlogged. Reduce watering in winter. Use soft, tepid water. Misting is necessary. Take stem cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom heat (70 F or 21 C).
Aphelandra aurantiaca Lindl.
Erect shrub with slender stems and ovate to elliptic, deep green leaves, 4-6in (10-15cm) long, flushed or mottled with silver. In winter, bears dense, terminal spikes, to 18in (45cm) long, of overlapping bracts and protruding, orange-scarlet or vermilion flowers.
Aphelandra squarrosa Nees.
Saffron-Spike, Zebra plant.

Compact shrub with thick stems and ovate to elliptic, dark green leaves, up to 12in (30cm) long, with white, silver, or yellow veins. Bears terminal spikes, to 8in (20cm) long, of yellow flowers.

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