Copperleaf Acalypha wilkesiana 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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 Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage, Evergreen Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Specimen Plant/Focal Point, Suitable as Annual Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Type Shrubs Related Plants to Acalypha wilkesiana 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Copperleaf Acalypha wilkesiana ‘Tricolor’ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Shrubby whitevein Sanchezia speciosa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Emerald Spreader® Japanese Yew Taxus cuspidata 'Monloo' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 'Flamenco' rose Rosa 'Flamenco' View the discussion thread.