Acalypha hispida

Acalypha hispida is an evergreen shrub native to New Guinea and Malaya (pokok ekor kucing). It is part of the Euphorbiaceae family of plants. It is also known as Acalypha sanderiana, Acalypha sanderi, Red-hot Cat’s Tail, Chenille Plant, Foxtail, Phillippines Medusa. This is an unusual plant especially the flowers which are drooping, red, and furry. Actually translation of the Latin name hispida is bristly!

Acalypha hispida
Acalypha hispida or Red-hot Cat’s Tail or Foxtail

Acalypha hispida can grow from 1.5 to 4m or 5 to 13ft. However as it is mostly grown indoors in pots it grows to about 1m or 3ft. There are male and female plants where the female plants flowers the ones with the red flowers that could appear all year round depending on the climate. It has large green, oval leaves.

Plant Acalypha hispida in moist, well-drained soil or compost, water freely, and fertilize. In winter water it less. It likes a lot of light filtered light or sun. In warm climates, it can be grown outdoors where it could grow into a larger shrub.

Acalypha hispida is poisonous and it can irritate the skin if touched a lot. However, the plant is disease-free and mostly pest-free except for aphids that need to be controlled immediately or they will destroy the plant. If it is grown in a greenhouse you might also watch out for glasshouse whitefly, red spider mite, and mealybugs.

Acalypha hispida
Acalypha hispida or Foxtail at Kew Garden

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