This genus includes 6-7 species of small prostrate perennial plants, originating in Malaysia and southern Asia. The Hemigraphis repanda reaches 15-20 cm in height, and tends to develop very wide; it has thin semi-woody stems, very branched, which bear thin lanceolate leaves, sometimes notched and lobed, of green-purple color, silvery on the lower page and with shades tending to purple and pink; from spring to autumn it produces small cream-white flowers. For a compact and dense development it is advisable to shorten the stems in autumn; these small plants could also be grown as annuals in the garden, in a partially shady place, but only in places where temperatures are mild as they are plants that need heat and temperatures that do not drop below 10 ° C.
These small perennials, given their origin, fear the cold and need minimum temperatures above 12-15 ° C; for their cultivation it is therefore necessary to keep in a bright enough place, away from direct heat sources, such as fireplaces or radiators. Hemigraphis repanda plants need to be located in bright places but not in direct sunlight, especially on hot and muggy days as the leaves could show signs of sunburn.
The E. colorful species can also be grown in the aquarium.