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Chenille Plant, Red-Hot Cat Tail
Scientific Name: Acalypha hispida Burm.
Synonym: Acalypha sanderiana
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Chenille Plant, Red-Hot Cat Tail (Acalypha  hispida) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 21-25,27
USDA: 10b-12

Frost Tolerance: Tender in Phoenix.

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 60F (15C)

Sun Exposure: Partial shade to sun

Origin: Probably from Malaysia

Growth Habits: Perennial shrub to 10 feet tall (3 m), often grown as annual

Watering Needs: Regular water, do better if kept moist in the growing season. Keep drier in winter.

Propagation: Cuttings in mid-summer

The genus name "Acalypha" comes from the Greek name for "nettle".

Cultural Practices:
The Chenille Plants grow rapidly with good water and fertilizer. Red spider mites can be a problem, particularly when the plant is kept inside. Check for leaf discoloration. Scales and mealybugs can also be problems.

Blooming Habits:
Crimson chenille looking flower clusters up to 18 inches long are produced most of the year.

Fruiting Habits:

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