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Hypoestes phyllostachya 'Splash Select White'

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 White
Additional cultivar information: (Splash Select series)

Synonym:Hypoestes sanguinolenta

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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:
Full Sun
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive deanoreed On Oct 11, 2014, deanoreed from Arlington, TX wrote:

I got a pot with Splash featuring both the pink- and the white-speckled leaves (was it one with both leaves, or actually two or more plants... not sure). I allowed him to go to seed, and he dropped so many seeds in neighboring pots that I have 30 seedlings now up and already couple of them are ready to transplant. Very happy in indirect light and endured the summer temps pretty well. Did struggle some in mid-summer, but that may have been due to a vacation during which I was not doing the watering.

Positive marcfrick2112 On Oct 12, 2006, marcfrick2112 from Milwaukee, WI wrote:

Originally bought my plant at a Milwaukee, WI garden center
for about $2.00. I planted it between a French Lilac and a large Mullberry tree
in a semi-shaded area. I just dug it up yesterday to over-winter
as a houseplant...It has done very well, at least four times
larger than when I planted it originally. Not sure as to drought-tolerance,
as my area had considerable rainfall this summer and fall. Very pretty plant,
excellent as an accent in the garden, hope it's just as easy to
care for as a houseplant :) My plant has gotten somewhat 'leggy',
but not enough to bother me ;)

Positive goncrazi On May 28, 2006, goncrazi from Magnolia, TX wrote:

I have several white, purple and pink varieties of this plant. I use it under bushes and as a ground cover. It really needs very little care and is somewhat drought tolerant. I have found if I cut the flowers before they dry, the plant does as leggy. I keep mine trimmed short. Mine die back in winter if the temp. gets lower than freezing for a few days but comes right back in the spring from the roots - I do not cut them back for winter. It spreads slowly but really looks nice under taller bushes.

Positive MotherNature4 On Sep 7, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a very attractive cultivar to give color contrast with the other reds and pinks in my collection. Haven't had it long enough to see if it will reseed like the others.
Spring '06. Now I can add that it does reseed. Now I have volunteers of red, pink and white.

Spring '07: Yes, it does reseed. It is now a settled plant with babies popping up here and there.


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

Jones, Alabama
Mountain Home, Arkansas
Elk Grove, California
Long Beach, California
Bartow, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Indianapolis, Indiana
Loreto, Massachusetts
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Garland, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Lakewood, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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