Copperleaf

Acalypha wilkesiana

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Copperleaf (Acalypha wilkesiana)
ak-ah-LY-fah wil-kes-ee-AY-nah
Synonyms:  A. tricolor
Genus:  Acalypha
This spreading shrub is grown for its multi-colored, toothed, oval leaves. Use it as a houseplant or as an annual or container plant outdoors where it is not hardy. Flowers are small, green or pinkish, and generally not noteworthy. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Typically grown as an annual or houseplant. Native to South Pacific islands.
Care:  In the garden, this plant needs fertile, moist but well-drained soil that is rich in humus, and full or partial shade. Indoors, grow in a soilless mix in full or filtered light. Water freely during growth but moderately in winter.
Propagation:  Divide or root softwood cuttings in spring. Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer using bottom heat.
Problems:  Indoors, scale insects, spider mites, whiteflies, and mealybugs may be problems. In the garden, downy mildew, powdery mildew, rust leaf spots, and fungal root rots can occur.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage,
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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