Polka Dot Plant Overview
Begonia maculata is an evergreen perennial plant commonly known by the names Polka Dot Plant, Angel Wing and Spotted Begonia, amongst others. This Begonia species lies in the cane-stem horticultural group. These plants have erect stems up to 1m high and produce fibrous roots and cane-like stems bearing asymmetrical, wavy, toothed leaves which are heart-shaped, and dramatically marked with silver-white spots on the topside, coloured red on the underside. Begonia maculata may form waxy, white or pink flowers which make a stunning display. This plant however - frequently grown indoors as a houseplant - is chosen mainly for its striking foliage. Begonia maculata should always be shielded from hot sun and never be allowed to become waterlogged.