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Polka dot plant Native to Madagascar and south-east Asia, this is 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 1 m tall. 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

Native to Madagascar and south-east Asia, this is 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 1 m tall. 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 10 days 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 10 days 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 10 days ago
  2. Stunning! Posted 10 days 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