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Acalypha hispida

Chenille Plant

Acalypha hispida Burm.

ay-call-LIE-fah  HISS-pa-dah

Euphorbiaceae

 

Explanation of name: Acalypha is an ancient name for nettles, which have similar leaves. Hispida (hispid) refers to long bristly hairs.

 

Natural range: Tropical Asia.

 

Recognition: Shrub with distinctive long red dangling inflorescences. The plant is dioecious, and the red color of the spikes comes from the reddish, feathery stigmas on the female flowers. Similar, but a small groundcover, is A. pendula.

 

Landscape uses: A fast-growing brittle shrub valued for eye-catching reddish spikes on the female plants. Used as a specimen plant, clump, or mass. Requires frequent pruning.

 

Botanical

English

FL Native

Growth Form

Flowering Season

Typical

Dimensions

Suggested Spacing

Cultural Conditions

Problems

Acalypha hispida

Chenille Plant

Exotic

Shrub

All Year

(BR1, PBCC)

5

(PBCC, BR1)

3 (PBCC)

SU-PS

Prune

(PBCC)

Fast growth

 

 


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