Spotlight On: Polka Dot Plants
Scientific Name: Hypoestes phyllostachya
Common Name: PolkaDot Plants
Plant Type: Annual, Houseplant
Sun: Shade to Part Sun
Foliage Color: White, Red, Pink marbled with Green
Height: 6 to 10 inches
Polka dot plants are great annuals to use in containers and garden beds alike, but what many people don't know is that they make great houseplants, too. Their colorful foliage can help break up the usual green leaves that most flowers have, especially in shade gardens that may not get quite as many colorful blooms as sun gardens.
For planting Polka Dot Plants outside, find a shadier area with moist, well-drained soil. When growing indoors, polka dot plants want indirect light and even do well in low light situations. In both situations, Polka Dot Plants only need to be fertilized about once a month. If the plant begins to get a little bit leggy as it grows, be sure to cut back the canes to allow for the plant to bush out.