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Purple Waffle- Hemigraphis Alternata

The Hemigraphis alternata, commonly known as the Purple Waffle Plant, boasts intensely dark green, metallic sheen leaves with an underside of maroon, blood red, or deep purple hues. Named for the crinkled texture of its leaves resembling a waffle, this plant not only adds visual interest but also contributes to air purification. These low-maintenance beauties require minimal pruning and grooming, and when properly cared for, they may reward you with occasional bright white blooms that contrast beautifully with the deeply-hued foliage.

Hemigraphis Alternata Plant with a tiny white flower.

General Care

Prefers medium to bright indirect light.

Water once a week, keeping the soil moist but not soggy. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

Thrives in medium to high humidity.

Use a good quality potting mix.

Purple Waffle Plant foliage with deep green faces and rich purple undersides.

Common Problems

Pests and Diseases:
Purple Waffle Plants are fairly resistant to pests and diseases.

Symptoms and Causes:

  • Yellow, mottled leaves: Typically caused by downy mildew.
  • Stunted growth or wilted foliage: Usually a result of overwatering and root rot.


The Purple Waffle Plant is an excellent clean air plant, enhanced by the increased surface area of its deeply puckered leaves. It is non-toxic to humans and pets, making it a safe addition to any home.