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Zebra Plant

Aphelandra squarrosa

Also known as

Saffron Spike

Zebra Plant (Aphelandra squarrosa) by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Zebra Plant Overview

Aphelandra squarrosa is an evergreen shrub species with attractive, white-veined, oval-shaped leaves and showy yellow flowers. They make popular houseplants for both their flowers and glossy, patterned foliage. Commonly called a Zebra Plant after the showy leaves, similar to the stripes of a zebra. Flowers are surrounded by bright yellow, modified leaves, called bracts. This plant is native to Brazil and found in tropical climates. Well suited to placement in a bathroom with higher humidity. Be careful as the common name Zebra Plant is shared with other, unrelated species and may lead to confusion!

Common problems with Zebra Plant

How to propagate Zebra Plant


Propagate cuttings from pruning regularly as older plants can decline quickly.


Special features of Zebra Plant

Attractive flowers

Attractive yellow blooms.

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant, dark green leaves with prominent white venation.

Indoor plant

May be grown indoors with bright, indirect light.

Pot plant

Other uses of Zebra Plant

Grown for their showy flowers and foliage, often as indoor plants in temperate zones.


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