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Acalypha wilkesiana ‘Heterophylla’

Painted copperleaf

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  • Acalypha wilkesiana ‘Heterophylla’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
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Features

  • BloomsApril to September
  • Height0.6m to 0.9m
  • Spread0.9m to 1.2m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourReddish bronze
  • Leaf ColourRed, white, green, yellow

Description

Acalypha wilkesiana ‘Heterophylla’ (Painted copperleaf). The leaves are long, twisted, sickle-shaped and dark green with the margins bordered with red orange.

Synonym: Acalypha wilkesiana var. godseffiana.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Of gardens

Interest and use

Grown for the unusual and colourful foliage.

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  • Acalypha wilkesiana ‘Heterophylla’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
  • Acalypha wilkesiana ‘Heterophylla’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017

Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessTropical (min 17°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Needs warm soil and a semi-shaded position.

Propagation

By softwood, greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealybug, whitefly, red spider mite

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