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Chenille Plants

Acalypha spp.

Also known as

Copper leaf, Copper Plant

Acalypha Hispida DS by facebook (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Chenille Plants Overview

    Acalypha is a large genus containing around 438 evergreen shrubs, annual and perennial flowering plants and small trees in the family Euphorbiaceae. Some species such as Acalypha hispida are commonly grown indoors as houseplants, they are commonly known as Chenille Plants. They are grown for both the foliage and flowers and are distributed mainly in tropical and subtropical regions, with around 60% native to the Americas and around 30% native to Africa. These plants are recognisable by their tiny red flowers hanging in long, dense spikes similar to catkins and has oval, toothed deep green leaves.

    Common problems with Chenille Plants

    How to propagate Chenille Plants


    Propagate by softwood, greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

    Other uses of Chenille Plants

    The flowers and foliage.


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