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Hippo® Red Polka Dot Plant

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  • Light Requirement is Full Shade to Partial Shade
  • Height 16-22 Inches
  • Width 8-14 Inches
  • Use as a filler when using in containers
  • Bright red and dark green foliage!

Despite its rather ponderous name, Hippo Red Polka Dot plant is a daintier foliage plant that lends itself well to container gardens, hanging baskets or massing out in your part to full shade landscape. Bright red splashes of color on dark green leaves contrast beautifully with chartreuse foliars and provide a wonderful compliment to a variety of coleus and other shade loving plants.

Native to Madagascar, Zone 10a to 11b, hypoestes in general grow best in temperate humid environments. Plant out well after the last frost in Zones 3-9 for all season color. Although full to part shade location is recommended for Hippo Red Polka Dot plant, it may get leggy if it has to reach too far for the sun. Filtered sunlight will keep its colors bright and its leaves lush.

Hippo Red Polka Dot Plant Care

If your plant exhibits curled or browning leaves, it may be getting too much sun and needs some relief. If looking a bit wilted, it is drying out too much and will benefit from a good watering. Easy to grow, not fussy about watering, it will appreciate fertilizing once a month with a diluted houseplant fertilizer. It does not tolerate wet soil, so using perlite or compost to keep medium light and well draining is essential to prevent root rot. Hypoestes prefer a slightly acidic soil with a pH of 5.8 to 6.2.

Pruning or deadheading is not required, but pinching back will encourage branching and create a fuller look allowing this petite-looking plant to hold its own against more vigorous plants in the same container or garden space. Hippo Red Polka Dot plant makes a great houseplant.

Hippo Red Polka Dot Plant Spacing

Growing up to 22 inches tall and 14 inches wide, Hippo Red Polka Dot plant will appreciate some elbow room in your container or landscape garden. It has a medium upright habit and pairs well with leggier ferns and trailing ivies with similar lighting preferences. Altogether, Hippo Red Polka Dot plant is an easy care performer for your shade garden.

Hippo Red Polka Dot Plant Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 10-11
Flower Color(s): Grown for Foliage
Foliage Color(s) Black, Red
Foliage Description: Speckled red and dark green to black
Light Exposure: Full Shade to Partial Shade
Height Class: Medium
Height: 16-22 Inches
Spread: 8-14 Inches
Spacing: 6-10 Inches
Habit: Upright
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: No
Container Role: Filler
Use Types: Container, Houseplant, Landscape, Mass Planting
Features: Low Maintenance, Foliage Interest, Deadheading Not Necessary
Maintenance: Easy
Scientific Name: Hypoestes phyllostachya 'G14158' USPPAF, Can PBRAF
Common Name: Hippo® Red Polka Dot Plant
Other Name(s):
Plant Type: Annual
Brand: Proven Winners

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location


Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.