Acalypha hispida

Chenille Plant

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Description

Chenille plant, also known as "red hot cat's tail," is a large shrub in the euphorbia family native to New Guinea and Malaysia; it is widely cultivated in tropical areas. It is known for the long, fuzzy red catkin flowers that can reach up to 18 inches long. The leaves are broadly ovate and bristly, with fine teeth. In more northerly climates it can be grown indoors with bright light, or as a potted plant outdoors in partly shaded conditions. On smaller plants the catkins may be closer to 6 to 8 inches, starting to droop as they get longer. It requires even moisture and weekly fertilizing if kept in a pot, and must be brought indoors before frost.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
March - April, May - June, July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Red
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Plant Type
Shrub
Hardiness Zone
10 - 11