It is an evergreen plant native to the Pacific Islands. It belongs to the family Acanthaceae.
The plant is relatively easy to care for and can be grown indoors too.
It can be grown in full sun as well as partial shade. If you observe signs of scorch on the leaves, it would be better to move the plant to a sheltered region.
It is a tropical shrub with waxy foliage with variegated leaves which have irregular patches of grey-green, light yellow and dark yellow. Flowers are white in colour with purple and magenta dots around the centre. Bloom time is mostly mid-summer. You can deadhead the old flowers for better blooms.
The plant prefers a consistently moist soil so water regularly. Don't let the soil go dry. But also make sure not to over-water the plant. Over-watering can make the soil boggy and lead to fungal problems in the plant.
The plant requires a rich, well-drained soil. The pH of the soil should be from 6.1 to 7.5. You can add in organic content like compost or farmyard manure while planting to make the soil more nutrient rich. Also, add a layer of mulch over top to retain the moisture of the soil and also maintain an even temperature.
It can grow up to a height of 6 to 12 ft and spreads about 5 to 6 ft. You can prune it to maintain size and shape.
Fertilize the plant with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season. Water the plant before fertilizing to prevent fertilizer burn.
The plant might get infested with spider mites and whiteflies. Treat the plant immediately. Do not use chemical products; you can use organic pesticides and insecticides like neem oil instead.
The plant is usually grown as an ornamental plant. It can be grown indoors as a houseplant or in your office too. You can grow the plant is hanging baskets too. It has beautiful blooms and is a perfect addition of green to your home.