Zebra HousePlants (Aphelandra squarrosa) has spectacular foliage and exotic looking flowers. The nickname Zebra Plant comes from its large, dark green, shiny leaves that have a bold white midrib and white veins. The stems of the leaves of Zebra HousePlants have a purple tinge. The bright yellow flowers on a Zebra Plant emerge from bracts at the end of a long stem. A Zebra Plant, native to the Brazilian forests, is primarily a table plant that stands about a foot tall. Zebra Houseplants do require a little extra care; but this beautiful, out of the ordinary houseplant, is well worth it.