Virginia Copperleaf
Acalypha virginica

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acalypha (ak-uh-LY-fuh) (Info)
Species: virginica (vir-JIN-ih-kuh) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Green

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Independence, Missouri

Arlington, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Sep 30, 2009, earlbishop from Independence, MO wrote:

I rated this as a neutral primarily because of limited experience with the plant. I found it in my wildflower area in late September. Evidently brought in by a bird. I am trying to decide do I want to keep it or toss it. I am waiting to see if it has a distinctive bloom. I have included a photo of a part of the plant.

Neutral

On Aug 31, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Acalypha virginica is Native to Texas and other States.