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Acalypha hispida

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Conservatory, Biltmore Estate and Gardens, Asheville, NC. Summer 2003. A nicely grown example. Children are simply amazed by this thing and invariably want to tug on the tails.

fc: bright red

Acalypha hispida 'Alba'

fc: light pink to cream flowers - species is red

Acalypha hispida var. pendula = A. repens


Acalypha hispida 'White Margined' ('Alba Margined')

lc: teeth and very margins creamy white
fc: cream
ns: 'Alba Margined' appeared in Glasshouse Works Catalog 1997 (no page number)

Acalypha monostachya RASPBERRY FUZZIES (6/5)

ht: 6 in. tall x 3-4 ft. wide
ha: low spreading carpet to low mound. Appears more decumbent with erect flowering stems when in bloom.
lc: copper to bronzish-green
fc: pinkish-red
infl: hairy, texture subglobose head - it not an elongated tail as A. repens and some others.
fq: very floriferous with over 150 heads per plant possible

Acalypha repens (A. hispida var. pendula)

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Acalypha repens
or "Strawberry foxtail" is a strange and curious summer annual that always gets noticed. The word "cute" would not be excessive in this case. It looks like a trailing weed, Lamium-like even, and is utterly prostrate. What imerges are something like glowing red, miniature feather boas. Children tend to think they are magenta caterpillars. It is always hard to believe this thing is natural. It looks almost glued together and some gardener's joke. It will never be the next Petunia for the landscape, but one or two plants will appeal. Given the low habit one can tuck one or two away along a wall or in a container. It's worth a try. For a public garden it a nice novelty that will be a hit on any tour.LCH

fc: rose pink to rose-red, very bright
infl: Glasshouse Works (1997 catalog) state these flowers resemble "roseate
infl: chenile pendant woolyworms fat on steroids"!
ns: "Strawberry foxtail" is a common name and not a cultivar name.

Acalypha repens 'Summer Love'

fc: pink - apparently less red than species typical

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Black Magic'

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Summer 2003. A useful plant in a large container that can be moved into a greenhouse in winter. This permits the plant to become large and shrubby as opposed to regrowing each season.

lc: dark blackish-bronze to dark bronze-green, heavily mottled bronze-pink to salmon-pink at 30-50% of surface.

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Bourbon Street' (2/4)

ht: 3 ft.
lc: green margined cream, later blackish-bronze with copper and pink margins.
in: Athens Select, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA USA and widely promoted by them
so: Dupont Nursery (online catalog 2004)

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Ceylon'

lc: reddish-white margined on copper to bronze-red
ls: crested type blade, distinctly twisted
li: Yokoi, M. and Y. Hirose. 1978. Variegated plants. Seibundo Shinkosha.

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Cypress Elf' ('Cypress Gardens Elf', 'Mardi Gras')

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JC Raulston Arboretum. July 2004.

ht: 16-24 in. tall
ha: somewhat pendulous, especially in individual leaves
ls: narrowly lanceolate to irregularly linear, highly cut as if tattered, undulate, often drooping
lc: bronze-red to medium red, having glowing magenta or hot pink margins.
lu: a very useful even if odd plant, something like a red version of 'Heterophylla'. It needs some size to
lu: be most effective and elegant, particular as young plants can be thin and resembling a wilted, dying annual.
or: Cypress Gardens FL USA

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Godseffiana' (A. godseffiana)

ha: shorter than species typical
ld: more consistently evergreen under some conditions
lc: margined creamy white to light yellow
or: New Guinea

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Haleakala'

lc: copper purple to dark maroon
lm: "filigree edge" or deeply cut and fluted
li: Glasshouse Works 1997 Catalog (no page number)

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Heterophylla' ('Godseffiana Heterophylla')

lc: green irregularly margined light yellow to cream
ls: linear to lanceolate with numerous irregular teeth - most cultivars are very
ls: broadly ovate to orbicular so this cultivar is extremely different.
or: it is apparently a narrow-leaved variant (sport?) of 'Godseffiana'
li: Yokoi, M. and Y. Hirose. 1978. Variegated plants. Seibundo Shinkosha.
li: Glasshouse Works 1997 Catalog (no page number)

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Hoffmanii' ('Hoffman's)

lc: bright medium green with a thin white margin, often with only the very
lc: irregular teeth having the chimera.
lw: narrower blades than some clones
li: Yokoi, M. and Y. Hirose. 1978. Variegated plants. Seibundo Shinkosha.

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Inferno' (4/02)

lc: bright glowing shades of yellow, orange and red
or: Australia
in: Kartuz Greenhosue (online catalog 2002)

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Java White'

lc: yellow leaves with a greenish mottling.
li: Yokoi, M. and Y. Hirose. 1978. Variegated plants. Seibundo Shinkosha.
li: Glasshouse Works 1997 Catalog (no page number, without description)

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Kana Coast'

lc: bright yellow mottled and streaked in green, other leaves half green and half yellow

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Kilauea' ('Miniature Firedragon')

ha: dwarf, forming small mounds in time
ls: "very tiny spindle-shaped leaves"
lc: dark green to red and copper-pink with irregular cream margins. Brighter with heat.
li: Glasshouse Works 1997 Catalog (no page number)

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Kona Coast'

lc:mottled green and yellow
in: Kartuz Greenhouses c. 2002

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Kona Gold' = 'Tequilla Sunrise'


Acalypha wilkesiana 'Louisiana Red' (7/4)

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JC Raulston Arboretum. July 2004

ls: broadly ovate
lm: dentate
lc: rich bronze-red, some paler markings, overall quite uniform, lacking some of the distracting
lc: markings of other dark red cultivars.

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Macafeana'

lc: marked and tinged red, carmine, and bronze, often light bronze striped red from a distance, highly showy.
or: before 1875

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Macrophylla'

lb: cordate
lc: red to bronze or rusty brown with paler red markings and green tints.
ll: much larger blades than most cultivars. The common name "giant heart copper-
ll: leaf" gives some idea of the appearance.

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Mardi Gras' = 'Cypress Elf'


Acalypha wilkesiana 'Marginata'

lc: bronzy-green to olive green-bronze with pink margins.
ll: larger blades than some species variants.
or: Fiji Islands.
ns: some plants grown as the species are of this variant.

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Miltoniana'

ls: more oblong than species typical
lc: irregularly margined white
or: cultivated since about 1911 according to Krussman.

Acalypha hispida 'Miniature Firedragon' = 'Kilauea'


Acalypha wilkesiana 'Musaica'

lc: bronzy-green with red to orange markings and spots

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Obovata'

lc: olive green margined orange-yellow becoming bronze-green with carmine pink
lc: margins.
or: Polynesia c. 1884

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Petticoat'

lm: highly ruffled, the most extreme clone of this leaf form.
lc: bronze with tannish teeth and margins.
eval: GHW says "largest and most furled leaves of any cultivar".
li: Glasshouse Works 1997 Catalog (no page number)

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Raggedy Ann' ('Razzle Dazzle')

lc: dark red to maroon
ls: narrower blade
lm: highly cut and serrate
or: Australia before 2001

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Rex' (2/4)

lc: bronze tipoed creamy-green and light pink
so: Glasshouse Works (online catalog 2004)

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Tahiti'

lc: margined and splashed yellow-green to pink
ls: blades often twisted
li: Yokoi, M. and Y. Hirose. 1978. Variegated plants. Seibundo Shinkosha.

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Tequilla Sunrise' ('Kona Gold')

lc: speckled and mottled shades of red, green, and gold.
ll: large blade by cultivar standards.

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Tricolor'

lc: splashed reddish-green to yellow.
li: Yokoi, M. and Y. Hirose. 1978. Variegated plants. Seibundo Shinkosha.