Polka Dot Plant: Different Types of Polka Dot Plants

There are many different types of polka dot plants. Some of the most common ones include: Starfish plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) -Kitten paws (Calceolaria uniflora) -Pincushion flower (Scabiosa columbaria) and more!

Starfish plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora)

The Starfish plant is a type of succulent. Succulents are plants that look like they have thick leaves because they store water in their leaves which makes them plump and soft. 

The star shaped flowers bloom on top of short stems that tend to be hidden behind the plant's large fat chubby-looking leaves. The flowers for this plant come in a variety of colors including white, pink, purple and red. The leaves also vary in color with some being dark green and others light green. They tend to grow best when they are kept outdoors year round and can withstand a bit of frost because they come from tropical climates. 

Even though these plants usually grow well outside, they tend to die off during the winter months which means they need to be replanted every year. The leaves are usually about five inches long and the whole plant can grow up to four feet tall. It is easy to care for this plant if it is kept outside, but make sure that you trim off a few of the dead leaves and flowers when they become brown because this plant is short lived.

Kitten paws (Calceolaria uniflora)

Kitten paws are very small plants that grow in clusters. The leaves have a silvery-green color to them and the flowers are usually bright pink or white. It is important that you keep this plant inside during cold winter months because it cannot withstand frost and freezing temperatures. This plant will bloom even if you neglect to water it so it is easy to care for and maintain. Once the flowers bloom, you can harvest them and eat them in salads or use as garnishing on other dishes.

Pincushion flower (Scabiosa columbaria)

The pincushion flower is a perennial plant. These grow well outside and are drought resistant which means that even if you do not water them frequently, they will still live and grow. They come in a variety of colors but the most common ones consist of white or lavender-purple flowers. The leaves and stems have some silvering to them and are about ten inches in height. 

These plants grow best if you plant them in loamy soil or a sandy soil that is well-drained. When they first start growing, make sure to do this as soon as possible because the roots have a hard time getting established when the weather starts heating up.

Carmina Or chid (Orchis italica)

Carmina Orchid is a type of orchid. These start growing from seeds and can take up to a year for the first flowers to emerge. They thrive well outside if they are planted in loose soil that has been amended with compost, peat, bark, etc. A good way to keep these flowers alive is to prune them back in summer so that they don't bloom but instead, grow new healthy leaves which will feed the roots. With this technique, you can save your plants from dying over winter when frosts strike and the temperatures drop below freezing. The new leaves should be planted in a pot inside or outside during the winter months.

Orchis Italica is a type of terrestrial orchid that grows well in cooler temperature areas, however it will not tolerate frost or freezing temperatures. The flowers are usually lavender or pink but the most common color is white with purple edges on the petals. This flower tends to be short which means you can plant them directly into the ground which means you do not have to buy any pots for them.

Orchis italica is a small terrestrial orchid that can be grown as a perennial flower. The best way to care for this flower is by allowing it to grow in the soil outside so that its roots are protected from frost. This type of orchid tends to grow well in cooler climates and will not tolerate hot temperatures. The flowers tend to vary, but are usually white with a purplish-brown edge around the petals. It is important that you keep this flower pruned so that it does not bloom during winter months because it cannot withstand frost or freezing temperatures.

Confetti Plant (Sedum acre)

The confetti plant is also known as a stonecrop. These are low growing, evergreen succulents that grow in clusters. The leaves tend to be shiny and have a sharp pointed edge to them. The flowers are usually pinkish-white with purple or yellow centers on each petal, but they can also be white and yellow. You should keep this plant outside because it does not like humidity or sun indoors. 

It is important that you prune the plants during summer months to encourage new leaves on top and in fall after they have gone dormant, cut them back so that they will remain healthy through winter months.

Pink Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

The pink dot plant is a perennial. It grows well in zones 6 through 10 and will not tolerate frost or freezing temperatures. The best time to plant this type of flower is during the fall or winter so it can take root and grow healthy before the hot summer months start again. 

This plant is fast growing and will grow up to three feet tall. The flowers are large and pink with white centers. These can be grown as annuals in areas that do not have cold winters but you should make sure to bring these inside before the first frost hits because they cannot handle freezing temperatures.

Purpariana Charm (Impatiens walleriana)

Purpariana Charm is one of the polka dot plant varieties. Polka dots on this variety are round and big (about 2 inches in diameter). It can be planted both indoor and outdoor. Plant it indoor where there are lots of sunshine, or outside garden fence to prevent your house from rodents.

Dentate Spiderwort (Tradescantia spathacea)

Dentate Spiderwort is one of the many plants to share this common name. Spiderwort is named for its long, spider-like stamens. Dentate refers to the tooth-like leaf edges. Like flowering clover, these plants have both male and female flowers on the same plant. 

This means that they rarely require pollination by insects or other plants in order to produce flowers and seed.It is not uncommon for spiderwort plants to spread quickly due to their tendency to clone themselves.While the plant itself is not considered invasive, it can be nearly impossible to eradicate once established due to its ability to sprout from a seemingly isolated rootstock. 

This characteristic makes this an ideal plant for growing on a dappled forest floor, which will allow the runner plants to thrive while not competing with more sensitive species.

Red Splash

The red splash plant is a type of polka dot plant that has a red petal at the bottom. This particular type of polka dot plant is moderately priced and gets its name from the splash it makes on your condo or house.

Asiatic Day Flower (Commelina communis)

Asiatic Day Flower is a perennial plant that has flowers with polka dots. The flowers can be found in white and deep blue colors. The vernacular name of this plant is 'day-flower'.

White Polka Dots

Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya), also known as Polka Dot Plant or Burritt's Jewels, is a perennial flowering plant. The leaves are opposite, slightly fleshy and have a rough texture that resembles sandpaper. After flowering, the erect stems of this South African native can reach up to 1m in height on a single growing season. The flowers are small, white and star-like in appearance.

While not a particularly aggressive grower the White Polka Dot Plant can be used as ground cover in sunny gardens. It also does well in pots and containers on decks or patios.


How often do you need to water them?

You'll need to water this plant every day with cold water. The white polka dot plant likes a moist, humid environment, so don't forget to mist the leaves with water occasionally as well if you live in an area that has hot summers.

What's the best type of soil for polka dot plants?

Ask your local nursery what they recommend, or take your container to the garden center and have them fill it with potting mix. It should be mostly composted bark, sphagnum peat moss, pumice and perlite. 

Some recent studies show that as long as you buy healthy vegetation at one point in time, their needs may differ from day to day depending on light conditions and temperature so this why I recommend something with good drainage like mixed soil or more bark when considering these factors. Make sure to water every day because not watering for a single day will kill these plants.

Warnings: Red Polka Dots may be toxic to small dogs or cats if eaten. Keep pets away from the flowers and drink as much water as possible so they stay hydrated if this happens. I DO NOT recommend keeping these plants outside where children can easily reach them or inviting your friends over until you have researched the toxicity of these plants to children and pets.

When do polka dot plants flower?

Most polka dot plant species flower in the fall, and even winter in mild summer climates. In colder regions, it often blooms year-round. Polka dot plant blooms can last up to six weeks or more.


The Polka dot Plant is a popular house plant in the United States. People from all over the world enjoy it, because of its beautiful appearance and ease of care. No matter what type of polka dot plant you have, they will provide hours of enjoyment for you to watch their leaves grow or flowers bloom.  Enjoy them!

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