Hypoestes phyllostachya

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Hypoestes phyllostachya
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
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.


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. The spots on the undersides of the leaves are far lighter in color, often white. It may produce small, solitary pink/purple flowers at the nodes that slightly resemble bee balm. Many different cultivars have been created with different foliage colors.

This plant will not grow well in temperatures below 60F/16C, and does best in partial sun.

A dark red variety and its much lighter underside

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