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Hypoestes phyllostachya 'Splash Select Red'

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 Red
Additional cultivar information: (Splash Select series)

Synonym:Hypoestes sanguinolenta

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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.

Positive Scorpioangel On Sep 19, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

Love the color of this Hypoestes nice red color that doesn't fade out. Only problem I have growing it outside in the dirt is that the deer 'LOVE' this little guy and will eat it right down to the ground. So I potted it up to grow where the deer couldn't find it to munch on. Doesn't seem to mind being in a pot.


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

Covington, Louisiana
Apex, North Carolina
Gold Hill, Oregon
Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
Blanco, Texas
Wimberley, Texas
Richlands, Virginia

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