Hypoestes phyllostachya

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Hypoestes phyllostachya
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Hypoestes
Species: H. phyllostachya
Binomial name
Hypoestes phyllostachya
Baker, 1887

Hypoestes phyllostachya, commonly called Polka Dot Plant, is a herbaceous plant native to Madagascar.

Cultivation

Hypoestes phyllostachya is cultivated as an ornamental plant commonly used as a houseplant but can also be grown outside as an annual plant. The most common type has green leaves with pink spots, although it can range from white to any shade of pink to red. It may produce small pink/purple flowers that sightly resemble scented geraniums. Many different cultivars have been created with different foliage colors.

Temperature

Will not grow well below 60F/16C

Light

Partial sun

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