Identity Of Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Odessa, TX
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Question by wtxsuz
September 15, 1999
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 from NGA
September 15, 1999
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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