Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pink Polkadot Plant

I decided to treat myself to a Pink Polkadot plant (Hypoestes Phyllostachya).  I haven't had one for several years and they are fun and cheerful.  The tag says that they are native to Madagascar and first grown in England around 1840. I'm guessing that in Madagascar they would grow into a small shrub - imagine all those pink splotches in a large plant.  They are easy to take care of, but my experience in the past is that, after a year or so, they get leggy and not so attractive. You can take cuttings though if you want to start new ones.  They will bloom but the flowers are small and not very exciting.

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