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Polka Dot Plant

Hypoestes phyllostachya

Also known as

Flamingo-Plant, Freckle-Face, Measlesplant, Pink-Dot

Starr 070906-8667 Hypoestes phyllostachya by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Polka Dot Plant Overview

Hypoestes phyllostachya is an evergreen perennial in the Acanthaceae family. It can be found in South Africa, Madagascar and south-eastern Asia. Commonly kept as houseplants for their beautiful, colourful and patterned foliage. This species produces attractively spotted, lance to oval-shaped leaves. It likes moderate to high humidity and doesn't tolerate drying out, water regularly or keep in a container such as a terrarium for optimal growth. Flowers are showy, coloured purple, these are produced in terminal spike arrangements.

How to propagate Polka Dot Plant

Cuttings

Stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Seed

H.phyllostachya may be treated as an annual and propagated by seed in spring.

Special features of Polka Dot Plant

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Polka Dot Plant

Grown for their flowers and foliage.