Acalypha reptans is a tropical or subtropical subshrub with decorative pendulous tassels of red flowers in summer to autumn. An easy care, low maintenance plant. They are good garden feature plants, for massed plantings and borders, and for containers. They can be used as indoor plants in bloom, but will need to be rested outdoors in dappled shade from time to time.
Acalypha are hardy and adaptable plants when grown in a warm climate. They will thrive if given a fertile, well drained soil with regular watering. They can be somewhat drought tolerant once established. They like a spot with dappled sun, but can also be grown in sun or shade.
Propagation is by cuttings, either soft tips or semi hardwood. Also by division and by seed.
Flower colour: red
Flowering season: summer autumn
Maximum height: 0.5 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 0.4 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, bees, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.5-7.5
Mealy bug, mites
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.