Polka dot plant, Hypoestes phyllostachya, an ornamental plant has adorned my house off and on for many years.
I usually got them in small (3-inch) pots and they looked full and healthy for a while, even producing tiny purple flowers; then the leaves fell off, the plant lost its luster and died.
Polka dot plant is said to be a "like-it or hate-it plant". I have always liked it and could not understand why anybody would hate it. There is something delicate and fragile about it. The foliage is very attractive and different from all other plants, with pink blotches or splashes.
Polka dot plant is known to prefer very bright filtered light, high humidity and some sun, although it should tolerate lower level of light. One website recommends that it is watered "with rainwater or tap water which has been allowed to set for 24 hours so that the chlorine and other chemicals can dissipate from it."
I have kept the last plant I purchased about a year ago in the kitchen area with no direct sunlight. It has since thinned out and become leggy; yet I think this one will survive. I've just moved it to a sunny location and hope it will do better.
I recently cut off 2 stems and placed them in a small vase. Both have formed healthy roots and new leaves: One has light pink splashes...
and the other one has much darker blotches.
Polka dot plant, a native of Madagascar, belongs in the family Acanthaceae, genus hypoestes with over 100 species.