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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

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Mottled

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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.