Acalypha hispida is a tropical shrub in the spurge family that grows 4-6 feet tall and 5-8 feet wide and has long drooping pendant flowers up to 18 inches long with a long bloom season. It can be grown as an annual bedding plant or a house plant because it cannot survive our winters outdoors.
Acalypha hispida plant has some drought tolerance once established, but it does not tolerate salt. It grows well as an indoor plant or in a container on a patio or rooftop garden that can be brought in during the winter. Prune it back to 6″ above the soil once a year to encourage new bushy growth and more flowers.
If grown as indoor plant, it should be fed monthly from spring through summer and they like their leaves misted (not the flowers) to increase humidity levels.