Aphelandra: Greenhouse Plants
W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F)
Tropical and subtropical America
To do well these should have tropical conditions but will survive the winter at 13°C (55°F). The most well known is Aphelandra squarrosa ‘Louisae’ the Zebra Plant from Brazil with its deep green leaves and yellow veins. A. s. ‘Snow Queen’ has bolder white veining. Both produce showy bright yellow bracts and flowers at the tips of the shoots and massed together they will give a good display. I find it pays to cut them back to within 5 cm (2 in) of the base after flowering so that they can produce a fresh cluster of shoots and avoid becoming old and woody. This is best done in spring or summer and the shoots removed will make good cutting material. Not only will the tips root but many plants can be made by stem. A. chamissoniana is less showy and less common. They all prefer a peat-based .