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Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

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Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -7
  • SYNONYMS Acalypha wilkesiana
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Euphorbiaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Shrub
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires water until established
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Unknown
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED No special drainage required
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Vegetative (cuttings)

Acalypha godseffiana
(Copper leaf, beefsteak)

A colorful tropical shrub that is a popular ornamental primarily for its leaf color, and can be easily propagated by cuttings. On just one leave the colors range from coppery green to red to purple. This plant is naturally bushy, but can tolerate clipping of the growing tip. One must be careful pruning this plant too often though, as it can become leggy. The flowers are insignificant compared with the bright foliage. Leaf color is most vibrant in full sun, and it makes a great boarder or hedge.

Plant Uses

  • Privacy-screening plant
  • Ornamental
  • Hedge

Dangers

None