squarrosa louisae is of Brazilian origin and grows erectly with large, lance shaped, dark green . The central and lateral veins are etched in white and droop in opposite pairs down the upright . From the top pair arises a bright yellow flower spike about 2 inches in length. The spikes must be cut out after flowering just above the nearest pair of leaves.
Aphelandras require a warm situation, with plenty of light, but protection from direct sunlight. The leaves must be sprayed daily, or sponged weekly with a damp sponge. They need to be pot bound to flower well.
boweri is a small from Mexico, with a creeping rhizome. It grows a few inches high and its leaves seldom exceed 3 inches in length. The leaves are emerald green with a narrow, maroon-coloured zone around the edge. It should be treated as B. rex but will tolerate more light.