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Acalypha wilkesiana 'Ceylon'

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acalypha (ak-uh-LY-fuh) (Info)
Species: wilkesiana (wilk-see-AY-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ceylon

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

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

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering
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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive FLtropics On May 12, 2007, FLtropics from Pompano Beach, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Both of mine are 7 feet tall in the Full sun of South Florida. I only water them once a week in the dry season. If not watered regularly, they may get scale or powdery mildew on their tips. They also benefit from a good 1/3 cutback before the rainy season and can get quite thick.


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

Jones, Alabama
Clayton, California
Monrovia, California
Whittier, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Bokeelia, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (3 reports)
Fort Myers, Florida
Miami, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Divernon, Illinois
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Portsmouth, Virginia

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