Type: Herbaceous perennial; Family: Acanthaceae
‘Exotica’ is commonly called waffle plant or purple waffle plant in recognition of its waffled, glossy maroon-purple leaves. It is primarily valued as a ground cover or container plant for its puckered and colorful foliage. ‘Exotica’ is a prostrate tropical perennial that typically grows to 6-9” tall and spreads indefinitely along the ground rooting at the stem nodes as it goes. Puckered, ovate leaves [to 3.5” long] are glossy maroon to purplish-green above and wine red beneath. Small white flowers in terminal spikes bloom in late spring to early summer.
Hemigraphis is a genus of plants in the family Acanthaceae, consisting of about 30 species native to tropical Asia. Hemigraphis is sometimes included in the genus Strobilanthes Commonly known as Red Ivy. It is chararcterized by the grayish green leaves, stained with red purple above and darker purple beneath. It is a prostate growing plant with spreading, rooting stems.