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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.
How to propagate Chenille Plants
Propagate by softwood, greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Other uses of Chenille Plants
The flowers and foliage.