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Hypoestes phyllostachya

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Hypoestes phyllostachya Polka Dot Plant,

Native: Foliage Type:
No Deciduous

Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Indoor Plants, Shrubs Rounded

A ornamental, perennial, herbaceous indoor plant that is has attractive brightly variegated foliage of green with pink or white markings. It comes in a range of colour combinations with each plant having individual shades and markings. A great plant to add colour and to contrast green spaces. Can be grown outside in a protected position in warm climates.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
15-30cm 30-60cm

Position: Soil Type:
Semi Shade Loam, Sandy, Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Courtyard, Feature, Foliage Feature / Colour, Indoor Plant, Shady Garden, Tropical Garden, Container / Pot

Pests & Diseases: Aphids, Scale, White Fly

Cultural Notes: Plant in a good quality indoor potting mix, Liquid feed once per month. Keep moist during warm weather and reduce watering in the colder weather. Tip prune if getting leggy. Pinch off any flowers present as after flowering the plant goes dormant and usually needs replacing.

Plant Care
Keep moist during dry periods, Liquid feed

Family Name: Origin:
Acanthaceae Africa

Foliage Colour: Green, Pink, Purple, White, Variegated
Flower Colour: Purple, Insignificant
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: N/A
Fruit: Insignificant

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Moderate
Maintenance Level: High
Water Usage: Medium / Moderate
Drought: Low
Frost: Tender
Wind: Low