Texas Chenille Plant, Cardinal's Feather, Cardinal’s Guard, Yerba de la Rabia
Acalypha radians

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acalypha (ak-uh-LY-fuh) (Info)
Species: radians (RAD-ee-anz) (Info)

Category:

Groundcovers

Herbs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Arlington, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 23, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Acalypha radians is Endemic to Texas and a very charming plant.

Positive

On Jul 11, 2006, GD_Rankin from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I agree with htop, this plant thrives in the fields around my place in areas that very little else will grow in during drought conditions. I personally think they're attractive and do my best to avoid them when mowing and shredding the fields. They are in full bloom this time of year and really put on a nice show when the sun is setting.

Positive

On Sep 2, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Cardinal feather, sometimes called Texas Chenille plant, is a perennial native to the Texas Edwards Plateau south through the Texas Rio Grande Valley regions and northern Mexico. It is about 5 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Interestingly from April through November, there are male and female flowers which emerge on separate plants: although both plants have leaves that exhibit lobed margins and are sparsely covered with hairs, the female blossoms are thick spikes with red thread-like styles and the male blooms are long red spikes which typically are somewat thinner than the female's. Deer eat the leaves and the seeds are consumed by turkey and quail in the plant's native habitat.

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