Common Name: hemigraphis
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 10 to 11
Height: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Annual, Ground Cover
Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil
Winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11 where it is best grown in rich, moist, humusy, well-drained soils in part shade. Metallic foliage sheen may not develop well in full sun. In St. Louis, grow in containers, hanging baskets or as an annual ground cover. Propagate vegetatively by cuttings.
‘Exotica’ is commonly called waffle plant or purple waffle plant in recognition of its waffled, glossy maroon-purple leaves. It is primarily valued as a ground cover or container plant for its puckered and colorful foliage. ‘Exotica’ is a prostrate tropical perennial that typically grows to 6-9” tall and spreads indefinitely along the ground rooting at the stem nodes as it goes. Puckered, ovate leaves (to 3.5” long) are glossy maroon to purplish-green above and wine red beneath. Small white flowers in terminal spikes bloom in late spring to early summer.
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for scale and whiteflies.
Hanging baskets, containers or ground cover. Water gardens.