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DRAGONS TONGUE Purple Ground Cover Plant Hemigraphis repanda


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4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.

Hemigraphis repanda or Dragons Tongue is fine leaved, slow, low growing tropical plant with many interesting and versatile uses. It is also commonly known as Dragons Breath, Dwarf Waffle Plant, and Narrow Leafed Flame Ivy. 

It's unusual color, fine and delicate stems, slightly ruffled elongated unusually colored foliage,  and low, dense, tight habit making it an excellent choice for ground cover, borders, hanging baskets, window boxes and especially mixed color container gardens. And, of course, an unusual and interesting common name for all true believers in all garden things wonderful and magical (including Dragons).

Botanical Name Hemigraphis replanda
Common Name Dragons Breath, Waffle Plant, Dragons Tongue, Narrow Flame Leaf Ivy
Plant Family Acanthaceae
Mature Size 4 inches x 12 inches
Bloom Color White
Bloom Form Small nondescript
Bloom Time Warm Season
Zone 9, 10, 11
Fragrance No
Key Features Deep burgundy colored foliage, low growing, spreading habit
Suggested Uses Shade Garden ground cover and filler, Baskets, Potted, Accent
Grower Notes Take care not to overwater

For the best results with Hemigraphis repanda:


  • Plant in fertile well draining, slightly acidic soil. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.

  • Locate in lightly dappled shade.

  • Space about 1 to 2 feet apart to allow for future growth.

  • Provide supplemental irrigation, but take care not to over-water.

  • Feed a good quality, slow release, bloom boosting fertilize with the initial planting and yearly in the early Spring and thereafter. 

  • Supplement with a water soluble plant food in between feeding for the best and most lush appearance.

  • Plant early in the season in Zone 9.

  • Protect from frost and freeze.



  • Model: HEMI-REPA-DT
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs
  • 11 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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