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Acalypha hispida, Bristly Copperleaf – Plant

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Sr No. Item name
1 Acalypha hispida
2 Comes in a Grow Bag (5″)/ Plastic pot

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About Acalypha hispida

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.

Plant specification

Common Name Bristly Copperleaf, Chenille Plant, Foxtail, Philippines Medusa, Red Hot Cat’s Tail, Red-hot Cat Tail
Maximum Reachable Height 4-6 feet
Flower Colour Red
Bloom Time Summer
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Acalypha hispida Planting And Care


  • It grows well in bright indirect sunlight.


  • Soil should be well drain and porus.


  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Apply 1 cup (Approx. 50 ml) water when the top soil (3-4 inch) in pot feels dry to touch.
  • Apply water probably in the morning or evening time.
  • Do not overwater the plant.
  • As a rule of thumb, water the plant thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.

Application of fertilizer

  • Before application of fertilizer loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture.
  • During the main growing season (January-March) feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month.
  • Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.

Plant Protection

  • Remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and discard them away from the plants.
  • For any insect attack or disease, you can use Neem oil, Eucalyptus oil or Citrus oil spray for primary treatment.


  • Do not over water the plant especially when pot does not have drainage holes.
  • keep away from the AC Vents.
  • Do not apply water on plant leaves.

Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location.

  • Check the moisture in the soil before watering it.
  • Poke your finger into the soil, if dry then apply water.
  • Keep the plant in indirect light.
  • Do not repot immediately after receiving it.

Special feature of Acalypha hispida

Pendulous dark pink to bright red flower tassels that hang down from leaf axils and resemble caterpillars or soft yarn.

Ornamental uses of Acalypha hispida

  • Used as a Container Plant, Hanging Basket Plant, Houseplants. 

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Disclaimer : The image is for reference purposes only. The actual product may vary in shape or appearance based on climate, age, height, etc.

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