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Lance Copperleaf, Jacob's Coat, Fire-Dragon, Match-Me-If-You-Can, Irish Petticoat
Acalypha wilkesiana 'Hoffmanii'

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

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

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:

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Bonita Springs, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Naples, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida (2 reports)

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sebring, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 27, 2006, bonrig from Saint Petersburg, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I bought my plants from our local horticulture school and they were labeled "Queens Petticoat - green". I planted 3 plants 2 years ago. They have turned into an 8 foot tall screening hedge. When I prune it, I take the cuttings and either stick them in a pot or in the ground and they easily regenerate. People always comment on their beautiful leaves.

Positive

On Nov 26, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This attractive shrub always causes pleasant comments from someone visiting my back yard. It is close to 8 ft. tall, mostly because I haven't been able to prune it. The curled leaves with the white edges look just like an Irish Lass dancing the jig.