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Acalypha 'Fairy Dust'

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acalypha (ak-uh-LY-fuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fairy Dust

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Green
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MotherNature4 On Sep 21, 2009, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

A. 'Fairy Dust' has dark green leaves with white margins and gold splotches throughout the leaf. Very attractive. It needs occasional protection in zone 9a.

Positive Pillita On Aug 21, 2009, Pillita from Keystone Heights, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is an absolutely beautiful plant. Planted in the ground during the warm parts of the year, I put it back into a pot and move it back and forth to the greenhouse once temps get down near the 30s. It has sustained high 30s for short periods of time with no damage. It does have a tendency to dry out and look peaked during the winter, but comes out well in the spring.


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

Bartow, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Miami, Florida
Naples, Florida

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