Purple Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis alternata)

Purple Waffle Plant Plant Features

Purple waffle plant is a delightful small houseplant that has colorful foliage, making it a lovely addition to your home or office all year long. In addition to its beauty, purple waffle plant is easy to grow indoors. 

Its small stature makes purple waffle plant an ideal houseplant for decorating beside tables, countertops, and desks. Because it's low growing, you can also use purple waffle plant as a groundcover underneath taller indoor plants, such as ficus trees. 

Accent purple waffle plant's unique foliage with a great container. Clay (terra-cotta) pots offer a lovely contrast against the purple leaves, but you can also make a big impact with containers that have shades of yellow, purple, pink, or blue. 

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Purple Waffle Plant Growing Instructions

Grow purple waffle plant in medium to bright light indoors. If the plant doesn't get enough light, it may lose some of the rich purple coloring. If it gets too much direct sun as a houseplant, the leaves may bleach and show signs of sunburn.

Water purple waffle plant enough to keep the soil moist, but not wet. 

Because it's a small houseplant, you typically don't need to prune purple waffle plant, but if stems get too long or scraggly, you can prune it back at any time. 

Fertilize purple waffle plant a couple of times a year (at minimum) to keep it happy. You can fertilize more frequently, if you wish, especially if you grow it in a bright spot. Use any houseplant fertilizer and follow the directions on the packaging. 

Note: Purple waffle plant is not intended for human or animal consumption. 
  • Water

    Constantly moist soil

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors



  • Special Features


    Purifies the air

Complement your Purple Waffle Plant

Ti Plant
Ti plant looks great when grown with a groundcover of purple waffle plant over the soil.

Colorful Aglaonema
Red aglaonema is a dramatic, easy-care houseplant that looks beautiful paired with purple waffle plant.

Stromanthe's variegated foliage is an ideal houseplant accent to variegated varieties of purple waffle plant.

Our favorite varieties

Purple Waffle Plant

Purple Waffle Plant

Hemigraphis alternata

Purple waffle plant has metallic green-purple foliage with a unique puckered texture. It grows 6 inches tall and up to 18 inches wide.

Snow White Purple Waffle Plant

Snow White Purple Waffle Plant

Hemigraphis Snow White

Snow White waffle plant is an exciting small houseplant that has light green foliage variegated with white and pink edges. This variety is patented. It grows 6 inches tall and can reach 12 inches wide.

Belgian Waffle Purple Waffle Plant

Belgian Waffle Purple Waffle Plant

Hemigraphis alternata Belgian Waffle

Belgian Waffle is a patented variety of waffle plant that has medium-green foliage edged in creamy-yellow. The undersides of the leaves are purple. It grows 6 inches tall and up to 12 inches wide.

Dragon's Tongue

Dragon's Tongue

Hemigraphis repanda

Dragon's tongue is a textural houseplant that offers narrow, purple-green leaves on a low-growing plant. It's perfect for medium-light terrariums! Dragon's tongue grows 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide.