Green and Purple Leafy Houseplant

I am on my second plant of this description, the first one died shortly after buying it. I really love it and would love to see it grow. I have no idea what’s it is called and bought it from Walmart which doesn’t always have the best quality plants. How often should I water it, can I give it a daily misting of distilled water as I do my other plants? How about plant food? Full sun, moderate sun? It was on sale and I don’t recall any instructions with it. I am partially blind but I am still able to enjoy my house plant garden. I love this plant, please help me if you can!

Hi Monica,



Your plant is called a Purple Waffle Plant. Here are some care tips on how to grow a Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis alternata).

Light: bright indirect light, but no direct sun. Direct sun bleaches the color from and burns the leaves.

Water: Keep the soil barely moist but not soggy.

Humidity: High humidity helps. If your house is dry, place your plant on a wet pebble tray. Placesmall stones or pebbles in a  shallow dish, or any container without drainage holes. Fill three-quarters of the way with water. Be sure the plant sits on the pebbles and not in the water. I don’t recommend misting. It encourages bacterial and fungal infections on the leaves.

Soil: Use a good, loose potting soil that drains quickly.

Fertilizer: Feed monthly with a liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength when the plant is actively growing.

This is also a great plant for removing harmful toxins from the air.