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Showy cultivar of Anthurium with variegated flowers. Some flowers display very interesting designs with dots, spots and stripes. Very rare in cultivation.
Zebra Plant gets its name from white stripes on the leaves. It is one of the best house plants. This plant is not only pretty because of its white-veined, green folliage, but also for the apical inflorescence with its beautiful yellow bracts. Bright light but no direct sunlight is preferred. Water when the soil surface has just begun to dry, however less water is needed after flowering and in winter. Aphelandra drops leaves if over- or under-watered. Ideal growing temperatures are between 65 and 70 degrees. The plant tolerates average home humidity but prefers high humidity. Forcing Zebra Plant into bloom requires a well lit area. Zebra Plant has a winter rest period. Propagation: Propagation is by stem tip cuttings taken in spring and kept at temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees. Keep the cuttings continually moist. Leaf bud cuttings may be used but they take longer.
These attractive tender perennials and shrubs are grown for their ornamental foliage and interesting flower spikes and require high humidity and warm temperatures to flower. The color of the flowers is orange-scarlet to scarlet. These plants may be grown outdoors in mild climates, in humus-rich soil; otherwise, they need to be grown in homes or greenhouses. When grown indoors, well-drained pots that are filled with equal parts of loam and peat and a generous amount of sand should be used. They should be placed in bright, indirect light out of drafts. Water must be applied with care. Waterlogged, or very dry soil will make the leaves fall. They should be fed with liquid fertilizer as the flowers form. When they've finished blooming, less water is needed. Do not pinch off the tips of the shoots, the idea is to produce one stem with one large spike of flowers. Propagation by cuttings. In the spring, side shoots can be removed, or a piece of the old branch can be inserted in sand in a propagating case in the greenhouse. When they have grown roots, they are placed on the open benches for a few days and then potted. Seeds may also be sown in pots of sandy peat and loam in the spring.
This plant grows best in full sun and tolerates poor soils, heavy or well-drained. Flowering is in summer and autumn. Easily propagated by cuttings or seed. The very similar A. lancifolia, sometimes refered to in the trade as A. cordifolia 'Fuchsia', is almost identical (the leaves are less cordate) except in being less vigorous, and with distinct magenta or fuchsia colored flowers.
They grow well on retaining walls and hanging baskets.
Arachis glabrata is a herbaceous perennial plant with erect to decumbent unbranched, above-ground stems 5 - 35 cm long, arising from a mat of rhizomes. The rhizomes form a dense mat in the top 5 cm of soil.