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Zebra Plant

Aphelandra squarrosa

Zebra Plant Plant Features

Zebra plant is one of the most stunning indoor plants around. This colorful houseplant shows off dark green leaves with bright white veins, making it stand out from a distance. It's definitely a showstopper on desks or tables in bright where you can display zebra plant like a living sculpture.

Because zebra plant grows upright, it's excellent in pots that are taller than they are wide. The plant's vertical nature is wonderfully enhanced by a tall pot. 

Happily, zebra plant's bold variegation makes it perfect to display with other houseplants. It looks good paired with practically anything!

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Zebra Plant Growing Instructions

Zebra plant is a perfect houseplant for the modern look, but needs the right growing conditions to thrive. It's beauty comes at a bit of price because it's not as easy as many other plants. 

Grow zebra plant in a bright spot; the more light, the better. In fact, if it gets enough light, zebra plant will produce spikes of showy yellow flowers. However, too much direct sun can cause zebra plant's leaves to sunburn; in sunny windows, it's helpful to protect this houseplant with a sheer curtain. 

Zebra plant wants above-average humidity to thrive, so keep it happiest by growing your zebra plant in a humid spot or mixing it in with other houseplants (because they release moisture into the air as they breathe). A small humidifier near the plant can also do the trick. 

Water zebra plant when the soil surface begins to dry. If you let it dry out too much, zebra plant will throw a temper tantrum and drop its lower leaves. (It can also drop leaves if it consistently gets too much water.)

If you wish to fertilize zebra plant, do so in spring and summer using a fertilizer designed for houseplants (you should find one available at your local garden center). Follow the directions on the packaging for tips on how much fertilizer to use and how often to apply it. 

Enjoy zebra plant for its looks, but not its taste. This plant is not recommended for human or animal consumption. 

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

  • Colors


  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Zebra Plant with these varieties:
Purple Waffle Plant
Contrast zebra plant's bold variegated foliage with the rich, burgundy-purple tones of purple waffle plant.

Low-growing creeping ficus (especially variegated varieties) are excellent accents to zebra plant.