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Chenille Plant

Acalypha hispida

Also known as

Red-Hot Cat's Tail, Philippine-Medusa, Bristly Copperleaf, Red-Cattail, Red hot cat's tail

Katzenschwänzchen - Acalypha hispida by Hedwig Storch (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1b

RHS hardiness

10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

1.5m

1.5m

Min

1m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Chenille Plant Overview

Acalypha hispida is an evergreen shrub in the Euphorbiaceae family. Originating from the Bismarck Archipelago, it can grow to a height of 2.5 metres. This is a tall-growing upright, evergreen, upright shrub grown for its foliage and long red, fluffy, pendulous flowers. It produces large leaves and fluffy pinky-red catkin flowerheads throughout the year. The leaves are oval and bright green to reddish-bronze. The pink-red flowers will appear intermittently throughout the year. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Chenille Plant

Special features of Chenille Plant

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Chenille Plant

Ornamental, greenhouse, indoor plant.

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