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Acalypha godseffiana 'Firestorm'

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acalypha (ak-uh-LY-fuh) (Info)
Species: godseffiana (god-seff-ee-AY-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Firestorm

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By air layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pgcarroll On Feb 26, 2010, pgcarroll from Belleair, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

We call this acalypha "Cousin It" because of its wonderful shaggy character. In our backyard (sun to partial shade), it reaches at least 4' with about a 3' spread. In this year's (2010) freeze, it took a heavy hit, but we're hoping that it will come back.

Neutral MotherNature4 On Sep 21, 2009, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant is now listed as A. 'Kilauea'.

Positive Happy_1 On Jun 15, 2005, Happy_1 from Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have mine in partial shade, hence the greener leaves...I also notice that they are bigger than the red ones on the lower branches that came on when in full sun... Growing well here since 10/04


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

Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

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