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Acalypha wilkesiana ‘Musaica’

Painted copperleaf

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Features

  • BloomsApril to September
  • Height2m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourRed
  • Leaf ColourMid green, red, orange

Description

Acalypha wilkesiana ‘Musaica’ (Painted copperleaf). The flowers are long drooping red catkins. Foliage is mid green, mottled with orange and red.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Fiji and neighbouring South Pacific islands

Interest and use

Grown for its foliage and flowers.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

Grow in full sun for the best foliage colour. Mist plants in the summer but water sparingly in the winter and grow in a free draining, rich soil. Pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushier growth.

Propagation

Take stem cuttings in the summer. They will need bottom heat.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs

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