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.
Yes, they do flower just as you described.
...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
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.
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.
can polka dots be rooted in water ?
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.
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 '...it 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.
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.)
purple flowers so beautiful, I really like them
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