Freckle face (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Also known as: polka dot plant



Freckle face is a garden escape that readily outcompetes understorey along waterways, riparian area, woodlands and rainforest margins. It is a problem in coastal areas, where is prefers, warm, wet and shaded habitats.

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Freckle face (Hypoestes phyllostachya).

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Legal requirements

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Noxious Weeds (Weed Control) Order 2014 published in the NSW Government Gazette, detailing weeds declared noxious in New South Wales, Australia, under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993. The Order lists the weed names, the control class and the control requirements for each species declared in a Local Control Authority area.

Area Class Legal requirements
Lord Howe Island 3 Regionally Controlled Weed
The plant must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.
For further information call the NSW Invasive Plants and Animals Enquiry Line on 1800 680 244 or send an email to

Reviewed 2014