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Acalypha are spreading shrubs grown for their multicoloured foliage and tropical feel. They come in a great range of leaf colours and combination of colours. Despite their lush looks, they are tough and drought tolerant once established, and are very easy care plants in temperate, tropical or subtropical climates, or as house or container plants.
Acalypha does well in sun or part shade. It prefers a fertile moist soil, sheltered from strong winds. It does not tolerate frost. Cutting back once a year keeps the foliage fresh and well coloured, and the plant more compact.
Acalypha are native to Fiji and nearby South Pacific islands. It has been used medicinally in Nigeria.
Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: summer autumn
Maximum height: 3 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: 3 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: wet, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-7
Mealy bugs, red spider mite, aphids, white fly
Planting season: spring, summer.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose.