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Chenille Plant Acalypha

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Phonetic Spelling
ACK-ah-lee-fah
Description

Acalypha a flowering plant genus and is the largest genus in the Euphorbiaceae (spurge) family. Members of this genus can be annuals, perennials, houseplants, shrubs, small trees, or even ground covers. They are found all over the world but mostly in tropical and subtropical areas. The genus name comes from the Greek word for "nettle". 

They are often grown as ornamentals for their foliage and they have very showy pendulous inflorescences.  Use them as an accent plant, mass planted along a border or near a patio or pool.  They work well in containers or having their inflorescence dangle from a hanging basket. In cooler climates they are grown as a houseplant.  

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
A. gracilens, A. hispida, A. poiretii, A. rhomboidea, A. virginica, A. wilkesiana
Tags:
#showy flowers#small tree#pink flowers#red flowers#showy leaves#colorful leaves#interiorscape#accent plant#hanging baskets#tropical perennials#ornamentals#house plant#border planting#poolside planting#patio planting#tropical feel#tropical annual#container plants#hsc#hsc-fl
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
A. gracilens, A. hispida, A. poiretii, A. rhomboidea, A. virginica, A. wilkesiana
Tags:
#showy flowers#small tree#pink flowers#red flowers#showy leaves#colorful leaves#interiorscape#accent plant#hanging baskets#tropical perennials#ornamentals#house plant#border planting#poolside planting#patio planting#tropical feel#tropical annual#container plants#hsc#hsc-fl
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acalypha
    Family:
    Euphorbiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America to tropical and subtropical regions
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Ground Cover
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Tree
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Weeping
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Catkin
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Description:
    Ornamental species are usually dioecious, having male and female flowers on separate plants. The female flowers grow on long, fuzzy catkins that are usually red to pink in color.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Variegated
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Rough
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Dentate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    The leaf size varies by species, but all are alternately arranged and simple. The shape will be heart-shaped to elliptic to egg-shaped and the margins are toothed or scalloped. The surface is rough and nettle-like in texture.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small Tree