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Acalypha wilkesiana 'Hoffmannii'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)

Colour

Flower

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Foliage

Bronze, Cream, Green and Pink 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

Jacob's coat 'Hoffmannii'

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

'Hoffmannii' is an evergreen shrub to 2m, with narrow, rather contorted coppery-green leaves margined with pink or cream lobes, and drooping racemes of tiny greenish flowers, often hidden among the foliage

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