Answer: Your Chenille plant is Acalypha, a member of the Euphorbia family. There are two species commonly grown, A bispida, that grows to 10 feet tall with huge green leaves and crimson colored tassles up to 1 1/2 feet long, and Acalypha pendula, also known as Firetail, with a much smaller growing habit, and shorter tassles. As members of the Euphorbia family they contain a milky juice within the stems that can irritate the skin of sensitive individuals. Poinsettia is in this family, as well. While not considered poisonous, the plant parts can be toxic if eaten, so exercise caution when handling them if you're sensitive to the sap, and don't consume the leaves, stems or flowers.
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