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Acalypha hispida


Red Hot Cat’s Tail, Bristly Copperleaf, Chenille Plant, Fox Tail, Philippine-Medusa, Red Cat’s Tail, Red Cattail, Chenille




Origin:  New Guinea and Malaysia.
Family
Euphorbiaceae
Genus
Acalypha
Species
hispida
Category
Annuals, Tropicals
USDA Hardiness Zone
10 - 11
Canadian Hardiness Zone
Requires cold season protection under glass.
RHS Hardiness Zone
H1c - H3
Temperature (°C)
-5 - 10
Temperature (°F)
23 - 50
Height
1.2 - 1.8 m
Spread
1.8 - 2.4 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
JanuaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
General Description
Freely flowering broadleaf evergreen.
Cultivation
Best grown in full sun to partial shade with a wide variety of soil conditions from acidic to slightly alkaline and will also grow in sand, loam, or clay. Moderate drought tolerance, poor salt tolerance. Keep soil moderately moist but not soggy. Feed monthly from March to September.
Growth
Fast
Pests
Mealybugs, red spider mites, and scale.
Leaf Description
Ovate leaves are 15 - 20 cm long.
Flower Description
Flowers droop in cattail-like pendant clusters up to 45 cm in length. are bright red to deep pink.
Colour Description
Flowers are bright red to deep pink. Foliage is medium green.
Texture Description
Foliage is coarse.
Propagation
By stem cuttings.
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