ACALYPHA

Pronunciation: (a-kal-i-fa) Family: Red Hot Cat’s Tail, Beefsteak Plant, Fire Dragon Plant, Copper Leaf, EUPHORBIACEAE Do You Know? Acalyphas are eye-catching plants for the warmer climate or glasshouse. The Red Hot Cat’s Tail (Acalypha hispida) is noted for woolly red flower spikes which droop to a length of 45cm/18in all over the plant, and are spectacular in a mature specimen. Warmth, high humidity and plenty of liquid fertilizer are advisable. Its cousin Acalypha wilkesiana, a tall shrub with variegated red and pink leaves, might be mistaken for an overgrown Coleus. It is actually related to the Poinsettia. Of tropical origin, it grows quite … Continue reading ACALYPHA