Skip to site navigation

Acalypha hispida AGM

Home  |  Plants > Plant Selector > Acalypha hispida AGM

© RHS 2002

Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

Red in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

red-hot cat's tail

Family

Euphorbiaceae


Acalypha can be evergreen shrubs or trees, or annuals, with simple leaves and catkin-like racemes of tiny flowers, brightly coloured in some species

A. hispida is an erect evergreen shrub of open habit, to 2.5m in height, with large ovate leaves and pendulous fluffy red catkin-like flowerheads to 45cm in length, produced sporadically throuhout the year

Other common names

  • chenille plant

Synonym(s)

  • Acalypha sanderi
  • Acalypha sanderiana

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass or indoors in a loam-less potting compost in full or filtered light. When in growth water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Water sparingly in winter, keeping barely moist. Can be grown outdoors in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in sun or part shade but only in warmer climes

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early spring or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer. Bottom heat will be required

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Diseases

Generally disease free