Answer: Your mystery plant is probably Acalypha hispida, also known as the Chenille Plant. There's another variety, called A. pendula, Firetail, with slightly smaller tassels drooping from the stems. This is a tropical plant, quite tender, and is best as a houseplant during the winter months and outdoors in a protected place during spring and summer in your region. If grown in a hanging basket, the stems and tassels will tumble down over the sides of the container, eventually reaching 10' in length. You can pinch the stems back to keep the plant trim and tidy. Provide bright light, and moist, rich soil. Enjoy your new plant!
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