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.
''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.