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Polka dot plant Commonly known as the polka dot plant, this speckled beauty is native to Madagascar and south-east Asia and a popular garden plant and indoor pot plant due to its dynamic foliage. It is a perennial herb with distinctive coloured spots of various sizes on its leaves and it can grow up to 30 cm tall, taller I believe in the wild. Small, purple flowers appear from late summer through winter. Growing best in warm, shaded areas, with plenty of moisture. <br />
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I keep mine in a pot and never allow it to flower/go to seed. Unfortunately, this is yet another non-native that likes the Australian conditions very much and is now listed as an environmental weed - it grows really well in our forests, woodlands and along waterways. <br />
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Many different cultivars have been created with different foliage colours.<br />
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Polka dot plant

Commonly known as the polka dot plant, this speckled beauty is native to Madagascar and south-east Asia and a popular garden plant and indoor pot plant due to its dynamic foliage. It is a perennial herb with distinctive coloured spots of various sizes on its leaves and it can grow up to 30 cm tall, taller I believe in the wild. Small, purple flowers appear from late summer through winter. Growing best in warm, shaded areas, with plenty of moisture.

I keep mine in a pot and never allow it to flower/go to seed. Unfortunately, this is yet another non-native that likes the Australian conditions very much and is now listed as an environmental weed - it grows really well in our forests, woodlands and along waterways.

Many different cultivars have been created with different foliage colours.



    comments (4)

  1. Whoa, that color is spectacularly deep. Posted 9 months ago
    1. It's true to life as well Ferdy, I haven't added any saturation of colours. This is one of the more vibrant cultivars, there being a veritable smorgasbord available these days. Posted 9 months ago
      1. I know you didn't boost saturation. Because that's not you. It's clearly visible in your photography, the balanced choices, care for detail and moderate choices in post processing.

        A well cooked meal made from fine ingredients doesn't require a ton of salt or garlic. A portion of people can't tell the difference or don't care. But I do. Its craftswomanship and I respect it.
        Posted 9 months ago
  2. Stunning! Posted 9 months ago

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''Hypoestes phyllostachya'', the polka dot plant, is a species of flowering plant in the family Acanthaceae, native to South Africa, Madagascar, and south east Asia. The spots often merge into larger areas of colour.

Similar species: Lamiales
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Feb 21, 2021. Captured Feb 21, 2021 11:00 in 59 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/13.0
  • 10/2000s
  • ISO320
  • 105mm