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Acalypha pendula /Firetail Chenille


In early spring before plant comes into heavy flowering

Full bloom in late summer

Ground cover planting in the Houston Botanical Garden

Close-up of flowers and foliage in a well established planting

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Scientific Name: Acalypha pendula
Common Name: Firetail Chenille
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Grown in beds as a ground cover or as an annual. Chewing insects are sometimes a problem. It is quite winter hardy in zone 8b, and over time will spread to form a ground cover. It spread by suckers and these can be easily transplanted.