Do polka dot plants flower??

kjtessanne(8 Bryan, TX)November 7, 2002

Do these flower? I thought I had a coleus (what my friend told me) but it looks more like a big polka dot plant. However, when she gave it to me it had tall spikes with purple flowers.


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Hallo Kim,

Yes, they do flower just as you described.


    Bookmark   November 7, 2002 at 4:26PM
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...I love polka dot plants ,in winter I chop off the entire plant with just couple of inches with the roots in soil and by spring I have new lush plant...I have many shades of red and pink and white ones....they are great foliage plants...Sue

    Bookmark   November 8, 2002 at 8:33PM
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zhmel(z5 - Seattle)

mine has actually been flowering through the winter this year (no idea why). i don't have much colour in the foilage, but the flowers are a light purple and are fairly small and grow quite close to the stalk.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2004 at 12:26PM
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The flowers are tiny, you can easily miss them. Tall spikes sound more like coleus. Unless it's a different variety of hypoestes, that could be.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2004 at 5:19PM
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can polka dots be rooted in water ?

    Bookmark   March 4, 2004 at 9:17PM
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Re Suemallick's comment...where do you live? I'm in Michigan. I didn't know these are perennial, but if so, I'm thrilled because I just planted an entire flat.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 6:56AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Kim, is there any way that you could let us see a picture? I don't think that your description of the flower fits at all. I think of Hypoestes phyllostachya flowers as being axillary, single flowers. I'm guessing that your plant is something else entirely.

For those asking about the real 'Polka Dot Plant ' is considered a small shrub in its native tropical environment. It can be grown from stem cuttings, though I'd stick them in a good potting soil rather than water.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 7:32AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Lovingretirement, if you have Hypoestes, it is indeed a perennial, but far too tender to cold to survive outside in MI. It's possible to keep it alive by bring it inside for winter, if interested. This pot was put together in spring '12, so starting a 3rd year. After the flowers are finished, cut off the tall stalks for new growth from the base.

(With Impatiens, cane Begonia, Coleus.)

    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 11:31AM
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purple flowers so beautiful, I really like them

Here is a link that might be useful: trung cấp y tế hà ná»i

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 4:57AM
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