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Copperleaf

Acalypha wilkesiana

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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 CharacteristicsTypically grown as an annual or houseplant. Native to South Pacific islands.

CareIn 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.

PropagationDivide or root softwood cuttings in spring. Root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer using bottom heat.

ProblemsIndoors, 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.

  • Genus : Acalypha
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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