Hypoestes aristata is a new addition to my garden and I have it planted in a few different spots. One I moved in autumn and it is still flowering.
The flower spike has an unusual colour combination; the long lasting bracts are brilliant red and orange flowers emerge from these red bracts. This is an open shrub with a straggly appearance, yet I find it very eye catching when planted within a garden as the flower spikes just appear throughout the surrounding foliage. A lightly shaded position is ideal in areas such as Sydney and Brisbane.
We saw this plant growing as a hedge at Government House in Darwin last October, the hedge looked fantastic as the plants are pruned regularly to control the straggly appearance. The entire length of the hedge was in flower and I took masses of photos to try and get perfect photos. This photo was taken in my own garden last week.