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Polka Dot Plant

Begonia maculata

Also known as

Spotted Begonia, Trout Begonia, Angel Wing, Polkadot Plant

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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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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.

Common problems with Polka Dot Plant

As well as attack from insect pests they can also suffer from Powdery Mildew, Stem Rot & Rhizome Rot.

How to harvest Polka Dot Plant

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Polka Dot Plant


Take stem cuttings.


Sow the seeds as soon as they are ripe.

Special features of Polka Dot Plant

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant.

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Other uses of Polka Dot Plant

Grown for their colourful flowers and/or ornamental leaves.

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