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Hypoestes phyllostachya 'Splash Select Rose'

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hypoestes (hy-poh-ES-teez) (Info)
Species: phyllostachya (fy-lo-STAK-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Splash Select Rose
Additional cultivar information: (Splash Select series)

Synonym:Hypoestes sanquinolenta

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive grace13114 On Aug 24, 2014, grace13114 from Mexico, NY wrote:

I bought a pack of plants from a local garden supply store and planted them after the last frost. 5 of the 6 plants established within one week, and all are growing well now in late August. They are in partial shade, and their color is fantastic. We have had a mild summer with rain weekly, and temperatures hovering around 80 on the hottest days. They are in a few inches of fresh topsoil on top of gravelly soil. They are shaded by a white pine tree and dense red maple trees on the East, and the garage on the SouthWest.

Positive martymar1977 On Mar 22, 2013, martymar1977 from Houston, TX wrote:

These Hypoestes plants work brilliantly on the Gulf coast. Here in Houston they do die back during the winter time, but as spring rolls in they begin to grow anew. I planted them in 2010 and every year they begin to fill in again. As a result, I've purchased more since I know they are dependable. The only downside is that they don't spread at all; exactly where they are planted is exactly where they pop back up. I've not been lucky enough to have it reseed at all.

Neutral bgk On Oct 14, 2006, bgk from Myrtle, MS wrote:

I am just now starting out with this plant, my first time. So I am looking for info about the plant. I like the color and the fact that it can be grown outdoors and also in pots.

Positive hanna1 On Jul 15, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This series is brighter, more compact. Better color in the sun, but best color will do much better in shade. Dense fast growth. Medium texture. Foliage is beautifully spotted. Leave arrangement is opposie/ subopposite. Leaf type is simple ovate. Grown from seed or cuttings. Will reseed naturally, but foliage may not be as attractive. Leaves are 2"-4", it is not affected by pests. is NON-INVASIVE!
Gorgeous as mass display in edging in shaded walk or patio, can also be planted in containers.
Can be grown indoors in moist, well drained soil in bright filtered light.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Marbury, Alabama
Castro Valley, California
Long Beach, California
Oak View, California
Valley Center, California
Cotopaxi, Colorado
Cumberland, Maryland
Provincetown, Massachusetts
Traverse City, Michigan
Terry, Mississippi
Mexico, New York
Victoria, Texas

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