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Philippines Medusa Acalypha hispida

Previously known as:

  • Acalypha densiflora
  • Acalypha sanderi
Description

It tolerates a wide range of soil pH and soil textures including clay soils and it likes moderate moisture but not too wet.  It has some drought once established, but it does not tolerate salt.  It grows well as an indoor plant or in a container on a patio or roof top garden that can be brought in during the winter.  Prune it back to 6" above the soil once a year to encourage new bushy growth and more flowers.  Indoor plants should be fed monthly from spring through summer.  In zones 10-11 it can be grown as a hedge, specimen or container plant.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#tropical#showy flowers#houseplant#drought tolerant#container plant#showy#red flowers#interiorscape#hedge#accent plant#hanging baskets#roof garden#soft flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#tropical#showy flowers#houseplant#drought tolerant#container plant#showy#red flowers#interiorscape#hedge#accent plant#hanging baskets#roof garden#soft flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acalypha
    Species:
    hispida
    Family:
    Euphorbiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Melanesia or Malesia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Houseplant
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
    Flower Description:
    It can flower any time of year especially as a houseplant. Pendulous dark pink to bright red flower tassels that hang down from leaf axils and resemble caterpillars or soft yarn or cattails.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    6"-8" long medium green ovate leaves resemble nettle and can be bristly.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Hedge
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought