04 December 2010


I was never a real fan of Sanchezia speciosa or nobilis (common name: Zebra Plant) from the Acanthaceae Family, at least not until I came across this variegated leaf form of it with slightly reddish petioles.

So far I know about 3 varieties of them, and by far this is the most attractive. For its full foliage coloration to be vibrant, it needs to be planted in an area that receives some direct or strong indirect sunlight. Like the other more common Sanchezias, it requires quite a bit of water to keep the plant upright and its cells and large leaves turgid, and it is especially essential to ensure they are well-watered on hot dry days. However, another problem with this variety is its tendency to be prone to pest attacks that often result in badly defoliated leaves.