A Splash of Color for Your Garden

Meet the Hypoestes phyllostachya, a plant that's as fun to say as it is to look at! Commonly known as the Polka-Dot Plant, this vibrant little beauty is sure to add a pop of color to any green space.

Hypoestes phyllostachya

Partial Shade

Specific light requirements are not available.

Low Water Needs

Requires occasional watering (once a week), resilient to some dryness.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in acidic to neutral pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Low Safety Risks For Pets

This plant has minimal safety concerns for pets.


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About Hypoestes phyllostachya

The Polka-Dot Plant stands at a modest height of 1-2 feet and spreads out to about 9-12 inches. Its leaves are a stunning mix of jade and fuchsia, with a milky undertone that gives it a unique, dreamy look. But the real showstopper is its flowers, which bloom in the warm season, showcasing a delightful blend of cerulean and salmon hues.

Despite its playful name and appearance, the Polka-Dot Plant is actually a serious player in the world of botany. It's a seasonal plant, which means it has a specific time of year when it grows, blooms, and dies, only to start the cycle all over again the next year.

Also known as

Polka-dot plant
Polkadot plant

Our design recommendations

The Polka-Dot Plant is perfect for standout, perimeter, and bulk planting. Its vibrant colors and unique patterns make it an excellent choice for a gathering of plants, adding a touch of whimsy and charm to any garden design. This plant is versatile and can thrive in a pot, as a domestic plant, or in a courtyard. It's a great way to add a splash of color to your indoor or outdoor space.