The Q&A Archives: Identity Of Plant

Question: My Grandmother had a plant that she kept in her bathroom for the humidity. It had long, fuzzy, red flowers hanging off of it, about 6 to 12 inches long. The plant itself was about 3 feet tall. I would love to have one of these plants, but do not know which plant it was. Can you help me identify it?

Answer: I'll bet you're looking for the Chenille plant, also called Red-hot Catstail. The common names come from the long drooping spikes that appear in late summer and autumn. The usual color is red, but there is also a white variety. Acalypha hispida is the botanical name of the plant, which can grow to 6' in height. Chenille plants thrive in warm, moist air, and bright light.

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