is admired by true lovers of houseplants for its striking dark green leaves, which are characterized by the white stripes from which it earned its name. Aphelandra
are also treasured for their blooms, called inflorescence. On a flowering plant, inflorescence is the complete cluster of flowers, including bracts, stems, and stalks. Inflorescences are complex structures that aid in pollination and optimization of the plant's reproductive success. During flower and fruit development inflorescences provide nutrients to the developing flowers and fruits.