Plant identification: Purple Waffle Plant

I recently bought this trailing plant but I’ve been through several identification guides and I can’t figure out what it is. If you could help, I would greatly appreciate it. The leaves are thin and papery, purple underneath.

Hi Megan,

Green and purple Waffle Plant

Purple Waffle Plant

Your plant is called a Purple Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis exotica). Here are some care tips for you:

Light: bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. but no direct sun. Direct sun causes the intense color in the leaves to fade.

Water: Keep the soil evenly moist but never soggy.

fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.: Feed with a balanced houseplant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength every two weeks in the spring and summer and  monthly in the fall and winter when the plant is actively growing

Humidity: Purple Waffle Plants like high humidity. If your home is dry, place the plant on a wet pebble tray. Place pebbles or small stones in a deep dish or saucer, fill with water to about 1″ below the top of the pebbles.  Set your waffle plant on top of the pebbles, but be sure it never sits directly in the water. Refill water as it evaporates. You can also put a small humidifier in the room.

Soil: Use a good rich potting soil that retains moisture but still drains quickly

propagationRead how to propagate houseplants by Plant Division at HousePlant411.com: Easily propagated using 4″-6″ stem cuttings.





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