Giant Chenille Plant, Red-Hot Cats Tail

Acalypha hispida

Euphorbiaceae

Giant Chenille Plant, Red-Hot Cats Tail
Giant Chenille Plant, Red-Hot Cats Tail
Giant Chenille Plant, Red-Hot Cats Tail
Giant Chenille Plant, Red-Hot Cats Tail
Giant Chenille Plant, Red-Hot Cats Tail
The Giant Chenille Plant produces up to 18" long, drooping, fuzzy, scarlet catkins throughout the warmer months of the year or year round under warm warm tropical conditions. A naturally upright growing tropical shrub that is close kin to the Copper Plant, the Giant Chenille will grow and flower in full sun or under light shade. The large, heart-shaped, medium green foliage provides a nice backdrop for the bright red dangling flower clusters. Easy enough to grow in containers on the patio or by the pool or in the ground in the warmest tropical climates.

With more light the Giant Chenille tends to have a fuller denser growing habit and the flowers often have a more intense red coloration. Even in light shade we prefer to give it a few hours of direct sunlight whenever possible for the best growth and health.

The Giant Chenille, Acalypha hispida, prefers temperatures above 70oF even though it is listed as a zone 10 plant by most resources. It will tolerate temperatures down to 40-50oF for short periods but often enters into a state of semi-dormancy and exhibits this by dropping its larger leaves that may first turn yellow before falling.

 

Grows To: 5'H x 3'W

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11

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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Indoor Light: Direct sunlight

Soil pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline

Soil Types & Moisture: Average moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soils.

Deer Resistance: Not Likely to be Bothered

Native To / Cultivar Origin: Malaysia, New Guinea

Please be advised that humans and/or animals may have allergic reactions if part(s) of this plant are consumed or by coming into contact with sap from bruised or broken plant parts: All parts - Minor Toxicity, Sap - Eye Irritation and/or Dermatitis

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Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml

Price: $ 14.99
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