This is my love-hate relationship plant. When a little neglect and it can cause this plant to die.
Both of the pictures (top and bottom) where the past history where the plant never survived.
The first time, it died due to lack of water - that was my mistake when I was thinking the rain would do that watering job for me.
The second time it died when I got confident as I uprooted and replanted them in a planter box, they all shrivelled and died.
I realised that its a sensitive plant. Few pointers about this plant:
1) Though placed in water before planting - they can still dry up.
(The leaves will appear to be dried as paper crisp)
(so the idea of rooting in water does not apply for this plant)
Alternatively - plant them immediately after the cutting and water it, they will rejuvenate within few days.
2) Its does well in shady areas. Good for hanging plant or ground covers.
3) Plant characteristics: Metallic sheen looking leaves, it has silvery gray-green above and purple beneath with tiny white bell shaped flowers. (They stand out in the foliage background)
The foliage colour are different from those which placed in shade and those are placed in sunlight.
Shade - have more silvery green
Sun - have more purple from the leaf tips.
4) There are similar types of Hemigraphis plant: (with similar characteristics)
a) Purple Waffle Plant - Hemigraphis Exotica (the leaves is crinkled & closes in a cupped shape)
b) Dragon's Tongue / Dragon's Breathe / Dragon's Flame - Hemigraphis Repanda
(narrow long leaves - edged & toothed)
It had been used as an aquarium plant as it would not rot or pollute the tank.
I had this plant before but died due to neglect.
They grow much easier when the stem cuttings are placed together in bunches of 3 - 4 cuttings.
They also have trailing stem that grows along the ground.
I finally managed to grow it at last, improving my technics (of course by trial & error)
Now, they look more vibrant then the first few trials. (I think I had tried this about 4 - 5 times)
The leaves looks more brighter and spaced out instead of the dark wrinkled shape.
Hope it last longer with blooms.