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Acalypha wilkesiana 'Spitfire' (Fijian Fire Plant)

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Plant description

acalypha wilkesiana fijian fire palnt spitfire 2

acalypha wilkesiana fijian fire plant spitfire 1

Acalypha 'Spitfire' is a colourful small shrub, which will bring a touch of the tropics to the garden. The foliage is bright shades of orange, red and dark green, and reasonably dense. It is a great easy care plant despite its exotic looks. Best for tropical to warm temperate zones as it is frost tender, and grows best in a humus rich soil. Sprinkle a handful of slow release fertiliser around the base of the plant in spring. Great for massed planting, containers and for foliage contrast. Grows to around a metre high and wide.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: pink, orange
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.8 metres

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Pests

Mealy bug

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Slow release fertiliser.

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