Joseph's Coat (Acalypha wilkesiana 'Mosaica')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 13
Plant Height: 8 - 10 feet
Plant Spread: 8 - 10 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish Catkin type bloom
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Medicinal Herb
Suitable as Annual
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 8, 2011 6:32 PM

Acalypha wilkesiana is native to Fiji and nearby South Pacific Islands. In frost-free zones it can easily attain a height of 10'. Joseph's Coat is grown for its beautiful, colorful foliage. The small inconspicuous flowers hang from catkin-like racemes, usually hidden by the foliage. There are many cultivars of Acalypha with differing leaf forms and colors.

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