The dragon tongue, also known as Hemigraphis repanda, Ruellia repanda, Waffle plant, and Dragon’s breath, belongs to the family Acanthaceae and is native to India and Malaysia. It brings color to every corner and is one of the best options for beginners.
This slow-growing perennial with a low habit can reach 8 inches in height. The leaves are narrow and slender with a wrinkled texture and hints of maroon or dark purple color.
The thin, variegated leaves are usually up to 2 inches long. Under ideal growing conditions, the small Dragon’s Tongue plant will produce white or pink flowers with 5 petals. The vivid and bright white flowers contrast beautifully with the earthy foliage.
The small, delicate flowers typically bloom in summer or early spring and produce a mild scent that attracts pollinators. The gorgeous purple foliage makes the small houseplant a superb choice for garden borders, window boxes, color container gardens, hanging baskets, ground covers, and a terrarium plant.