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Caricature Plant

Graptophyllum pictum

Caricature Plant Plant Features

Caricature plant is a bold tropical shrub loved for its vibrant foliage. There are a number of varieties available, but the classic type has chocolate-purple foliage variegated with creamy pink at the center. It makes for a dramatic addition to the landscape!

In the tropics. caricature plant can reach 6 feet tall and wide or more and can be used as a beautiful hedge, at the back of a perennial border, or mixed in with other shrubs. In the North, when grown as an annual or in container gardens, caricature plant typically stays about 2 or 3 feet tall and wide. The beautiful variegated foliage matches just about everything you plant it with. 

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Caricature Plant Growing Instructions

Caricature plant is a versatile grower that thrives in both full sun and full shade. You typically see darker, richer foliage color in the sun, but you have to water it more.

Water caricature plant regularly. Unlike many common tropical landscape shrubs, it doesn't hold up well to drought. It's best to make sure the plant gets about an inch of water a week via rainfall or irrigation. 

You can prune caricature plant any time it starts to grow out of bounds. You typically don't need to fertilize caricature plant when it's grown in the landscape, but it will grow faster if you do. Fertilize regularly when it's living in pots for best growth.

Note: Caricature plant isn't intended for consumption by humans or animals. 

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun
    Outside: Shade
    Outside: Sun

  • Colors


  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage
    Deer/rabbit resistant