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Grow indoors as a houseplant. Well-drained, peaty potting mixture. Plants need bright indirect light, but avoid direct sun. Consistent moisture year around. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. Does not require winter dormancy, but appreciates resting period with slightly reduced watering after flowering. Plants require high humidity and temperatures that do not dip below 65º F. Grow in humidified rooms, place pots on a bed of wet pebbles or grow in bathrooms to try to meet the humidity needs. Regular temperatures in summer and minimum 65º F in winter. Cut plants back after flowering to control growth. Aphelandra squarrosa, commonly called zebra plant, is a compact shrub growing to 6’ tall in its native tropical habitat in Brazil. If can be grown in St. Louis as a much smaller houseplant. It is noted for is attractive foliage and spikes of yellow-bracted flowers. Zebra plant is in reference to its ovate to elliptic, dark green leaves with distinctive zebra-like white veins. Spikes of yellow-bracted flowers are long-lasting. It is typically pruned to 12-18” tall. Genus name comes from the Greek words apheles meaning simple and aner or andros meaning male because the anthers are one-celled. This plant likes lots of light, but not direct. It does not bloom often, but it can be encouraged to bloom by prolonged daily exposure to light. It is also very sensitive to moisture content; too much or too little water will cause the lower leaves to brown and fall off. It likes to be kept moist but not wet. On average needs small amounts of water often rather than a thorough watering once in a while. The plant flourishes when the temperature is in the range of 18-21 °C (65-70 °F); and will suffer if the temperature drops below 15 °C (60 °F) for a prolonged period.