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botanical name:
Acalypha hispida
Acalypha hispida © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Chenille Plant, Red-hot Cat's Tail
family:  Euphorbiaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 4.50m
width: 1.80m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red
main season: All Year
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: 12°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Erect, sparsely branched tropical shrub. Large oval leaves with pointed tips. Dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate plants. Female plants produce showy long drooping catkins of tiny bright red flowers. May flower intermittently throughout the year if conditions are favourable.
Cultivated plants are normally considerably smaller than those in the wild, normally about 1.5m high.

cultivation:
Moist, well-drained, humus-rich soils in full sun or part shade. Needs warm humid conditions.
Prune in spring. Continer grown plants my need more frequent nd harder pruning to control size.


propagation:
From seed or by semi-hardwood cuttings.

usage:
Tropical or sub-tropical gardens, often used in hedges.
House or conservatory plant in cooler regions.
Most cultivated plants are females.

other notes:
Native to New Guinea and Malaya

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