Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 12 to 30 inches (30-50 cm)
Plant Spread: 9 to 24 inches (23-30 cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Variegated
Other: Not evergreen where there is frost.
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Hypoestes phyllostachya - BG Praag

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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2015-07-11
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Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2013-12-20
By carolem
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Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2013-12-20
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Location: Arbor Gate Nursery, Tomball, TXDate: 2013-10-05
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Location: Boone County Kentucky
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Date: Autumn
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2015-07-11
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Location: Riverside, CADate: 2015-12-22
By JulieB
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Location: homeDate: 2017-08-06
By angelo86
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Location: Our apartmentDate: 2017-09-23Some bloke on a streetcorner in Harlem sold this to me for 2 buck
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Location: Our apartmentDate: 2017-09-23Closeup of the variegation on the leaves of my $2 plant bought fr
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Location: central IllinoisDate: summer 2006used as a cover crop or mulch in large container
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Location: indoorsDate: 2013-11-22orchid-like bloom
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 10-10-06
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Comments:
Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 17, 2018 10:41 AM

I've grown the Polka Dot Plant many times over the years, as indoor houseplants (including planted in terrariums), as well as annual bedding plants in shady spots in the garden.

Hypoestes prefer bright, indirect light, but no direct sun, which will scorch the foliage, and well-draining soil is extremely important. Plants should be pinched back to maintain an attractive, uniform and bushy shape. I've read that Polka Dot Plants can grow to 24 inches in height, but mine have only attained heights of about 8 to 10 inches at most. Some may prefer to remove the flowers, but even though the blooms are rather inconspicuous, I still think they are pretty, so I allow them to bloom.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On September 19, 2017 Miscellaneous Event
4 cuttings rooted
carolem On December 30, 2017 Potted up
divided and re-planted into a hanging basket; foliar fed with Seasol (liquid sea-weed)
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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This is Hypoestes (polka dot plant) by purpleinopp Aug 13, 2017 11:18 AM 1
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