Dragon’s Tongue Waffle Plant


Dragon’s Tongue, also called Hemigraphis Repanda (hem-ee-GRAF-iss, REP-an-duh), belongs to the Acanthaceae family and is native to Malaysia and India.

The first half of the scientific name “Hemigraphis” is a Greek word – hemi means “half” and graphis means a “stylus or paintbrush”.

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Dragon’s Tongue Plant Care & Growing Guide

1. Light Requirement

It is not a good idea to keep your Dragon’s Tongue plant in direct sunlight, as this can severely damage its foliage. If you put it outside, you’ll want to choose an area around your home that is somewhat shady.

This plant can thrive in low light environments, though it won’t grow as quickly. If you keep it inside your home, you should place it a few feet away from a window with a light curtain. This will ensure that it gets just the right amount of light.

2. Water

You’ll only need to water this plant enough to keep the soil moist but not soaked. The last thing you want is to flood the soil, as it will inevitably lead to root rot.

You will know that it is time to water your Dragon’s Tongue plant when the soil feels dry; all you have to do is touch it to find out. Some of these plants do better when they are a bit drier. You should make a point of checking the instructions for the plant you get.

When you water this plant, make sure that you focus on the root zone exclusively. This is going to be about six to twelve inches from its base. If you are keeping this plant outside, you should consider investing in a soaker hose.

3. Soil

You need to put this plant in soil that is moist and drains well. You will have quite a few different soil options to choose from, so you won’t be very limited. You’ll want to avoid soil that compacts easily so you won’t have to deal with root rot.


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