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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

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

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

Grown for foliage

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bonrig 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 MotherNature4 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.


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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