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Scientific Name: Hypoestes phyllostachya
Pronunciation: hy-poh-ES-teez fy-lo-STAK-ee-uh
Common Name: polka-dot plant
Family Name: Acanthaceae
Plant Type: Indoor foliage plant
Key ID Features: Foliage is green or red with heavily spotted white, pink or red dots between leaf veins. Leaves opposite, ovate, and up to 7cm long.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:0.4 - 0.7m
Spread:0.3 - 0.6m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Africa (Madagascar)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 10: (-1 to 4 C)
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google
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Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Pubescent
Colour in Summer: Green, Pink, Pink or white spots.
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Acute
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Raceme
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Bilabiate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, Violet, Pink, Purple
Flower Time at Peak: Can flower any month

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time: May, Jun
Additional Info: Not showy, (two locules)

Bark or Stem Colour:

Propagation: Seed
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: Medium indoor temperature
Light Level:Medium indoor light level
Other:Weedlike habit; requires regular pruning to prevent stretching. Will set seed easily.
Pest Susceptibility: Mildew, Mites, Mold,
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