Hypoestes phyllostachya


Freckle Face

Low growing herbaceous plant. Typically green leaves with pink spots (sometimes white through shades of pink to red spots).
Pink or purple flowers.



Indoor or greenhouse plant; outdoor plant in warm or hot climates.


Partial shade preferred in a warm, sheltered site. Loves damp places. Can become a weed by self-seeding or suckering and so better suited to container-growing. Water in dry periods. Prune to control spread habit. Needs temperatures at or above 16 degrees celsius to grow.


Cuttings or seed


Many different cultivars; varying in foliage colours.

Plant Health

Relatively pest and disease resistant; but avoid cold, dry or waterlogged situations.

More info

A weed in some places, including parts of Australia.

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