Family: Euphorbiaceae

Scientific Name: Acalypha hispida

Common Name: Chenille Plant


Chenile Plant (Acalypha hispida) has drooping tassels of red flowers that are the main attraction of this plant. Chenille Plant

Plant TypePerennial Tender
Hardiness Zone10-11
Sunlightpart sun
Moistureevenly moist, never dry, likes humid conditions
Temperaturedoes not tolerate frost
Flowersdioecious, having male and female flowers on different plants, pendulous red tassels (catkins) are made of the long styles of the female flower that lacks petals (apetalous), seems to be ever blooming
Dimensionsup to 20"
Maintenancepruning to maintain shape, cleaning out dead
Propagationcuttings, seeds
Native SiteNew Guinea, Indonesia and Malaya
Misc FactsThe genus name Acalypha is from the Greek akalephes ("nettle"), and was inspired by the nettle-like leave. AKA: Red Hot Cat's Tail, Philippines Medusa, Fox tail
Author's NotesI found this an easy plant to grow, outdoors during the summer. Cut back hard and bring indoors during the winter. Grow in a bright to direct light window.
Notes & Reference#18-House Plant Encyclopedia (Nico Vermeulen), #51-Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials (Alan Arimitage)
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