POLKA-DOT PLANT, FRECKLE FACE

FAMILY: Acanthaceae | GENUS: HYPOESTES phyllostachya

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • House Plants

Plant Details

Formerly known as H. sanguinolenta. Grown for its pink-and-white- spotted green leaves, this 1- to 2 feet- high and 1 feet-wide South African plant is popular as a bedding plant or houseplant. Pair it with green-leafed plants such as baby's tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) or small ferns. Plants bloom very rarely. 'Splash' has larger spots. 'Confetti' has more, smaller freckles.

Tip-pinch to keep plant bushy. Growth can be cut to within an inch or so of the soil in early spring to renew. Tend to become woody and need replacement every few years. For indoor use, plant in loose, peaty mixture in pots or planters. Feed every two weeks with half-strength general-purpose liquid house- plant fertilizer.

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