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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.
Flower colour: pink, orange
Flowering season: spring summer
Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.8 metres
Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Slow release fertiliser.