Dragon's Tongue / Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis)
Plant Care Instructions*
Indoors, grow Dragon's Tongue in low, medium, or bright light. While it can survive low-light conditions, this small houseplant typically does better in a brighter spot. In especially low light, the leaves will look more green than purple and the stems will appear lankier and more sparse.
Water dragon's tongue when the top inch or so of the potting mix is dry to the touch. It's not particularly drought tolerant, so don't let it wilt or dry out.
Because this unusual houseplant has a low profile, you typically don't have to do any pruning except to remove any faded leaves that turn yellow or brown. However, it takes well to pruning, so you can trim it back at any time.
You can fertilize dragon's tongue in Spring and Summer for optimal growth. It's best to hold off the fertilizer in the cool, dark months of fall and winter when the plant rests. Dragon's tongue is not fussy about what type of fertilizer you use; choose any product labeled for use on houseplants and be sure to follow the directions on the product package.
As it grows, it develops colorful variegated foliage with toothed and wrinkled leaves.
Purple Waffle: The upper part of the leaves boasts a rich green tone while the underside has an intense reddish rich purple color.
The vibrant leaves usually extend up to 6 inches wide in full sun or part shade.
They also produce tiny, bell-curved snow white flowers. These flowers typically bloom in summers up to 1” inches in height.
* Standard care recommendations - you may need to adjust based on your home or office environment.
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