Acalypha

 

Acalypha is a very large genus of tropical Euphorbs shrubs (spurge family). Only a small number of species are encountered in nurseries, and they are houseplants, greenhouse plants, or grown as annuals in most of the country. The genus name "Acalypha" comes from the Greek name for "nettle".

They are propagated by cuttings in the fall.

Species and varieties
Acalypha hispida (Chenille Plant, Red-Hot Cat Tail)
Acalypha reptans (Red Cat's Tail)
Acalypha siamensis
Acalypha wilkesiana (Copper Leaf, Beefsteak Plant)
Acalypha chamaedrifolia synonym of Acalypha reptans (Red Cat's Tail)
Acalypha evrardii synonym of Acalypha siamensis
Acalypha sanderiana synonym of Acalypha hispida (Chenille Plant, Red-Hot Cat Tail)

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