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Acalypha wilkesiana moorea - Plant

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Widely grown as an annual in colder areas, this variety will grow up to 4 feet in one season; grows larger in frost free areas; large, palmate leaves in shades of copper, olive green and orange are impressive in the garden, or containers
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Plant height : 2 feet (+/- 20%)

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Description for Acalypha wilkesiana moorea

Best foliage color in full sun. Soils must be kept consistently moist. If soils dry out, rapid leaf drop usually occurs. Stems may be pinched to control size and shape and to promote bushiness. Take tip cuttings in late summer to overwinter.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Acalypha Dark Brown Leaves
Regional name: Bengali - Muktajhuri, Gujarati - Dadano, Kannada - Kuppigida, Malayalam - Kuppaimeni, Marathi - Khajoti, Sanskrit - Harita-manjari, Tamil - Kuppaimeni, Telugu - Kuppichettu
Reddish-pink Seasonal bloomer 6 feet easy to grow

Planting and care

The best soil to grow the Acalypha copper plant is a fertile, fast-draining soil type with a soil pH of around 9.1. If the soil lacks the necessary fertility, then it can be nourished with organic nutrients like manure or compost. Eight inches of organic material is enough to make the plant grow naturally, without further attention, except for some water and exposure to the sun.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shade well-drained soil medium 16°C (61°F). Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Acalypha wilkesiana moorea

    Mixing the soil with a slow-release fertilizer supplies the nutrients the Acalypha copper plant needs to grow well. Put the pot or container in a sunny or partially shaded location if growing it outdoors, or near a window with bright light inside.

Harvesting

colder season

Typical uses of Acalypha wilkesiana moorea

Special features: Bedding plant, filler in borders or container plant.

Ornamental use: Moorea Copper Plant's attractive large serrated round palmate leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning olive green in colour with showy burgundy variegation and tinges of orange the rest of the year. It features dainty pink catkins rising above the foliage in mid summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Medicinal use: Unverified information Acalypha wilkesiana ointment is used to treat fungal skin diseases.

References

    http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a478 http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/acalypha/growing-acalypha-copper-plants.htm

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