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Photo Credit: Molly Murphy

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Photo Credit: Molly Murphy

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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE 2
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Euphorbiaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Shrub
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires water until established
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED No special drainage required
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds & Vegetative

Acalypha hispida
(Chenille plant, red hot cattail)

Commonly called red hot cattail, this plant is a beautiful ever blooming plant that can add color to your garden, hedge, accent or container garden. The rust colored flowers resemble the wetland plant commonly called cat’s tail. The leaves are green, somewhat fuzzy and not very striking. However, the prolific red flowers more than make up for the “boring” foliage. Native to New Guinea and Malaysia, it thrives in humid environments and doesn’t like direct afternoon sun.

Plant Uses

  • Privacy-screening plant
  • Container plant
  • Ornamental
  • Indoor plant

Dangers

None