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Acalypha reptans

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Acalypha reptans Red Cats Tail, Firetail, Chenille Plant,Red Cats Tail, Firetail, Chenille Plant,

Native: Foliage Type:
No Evergreen

Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Groundcovers, Shrubs Prostrate, Spreading

Attractive low-growing spreading perennial with serrated lance-shape leaves and 10cm long fluffy red flowers during summer and autumn. Great for rockeries or hanging baskets. Grows approx. 50cm tall x 50cm wide.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
30-60cm 30-60cm

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun, Semi Shade Loam, Sandy, Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Borders / Shrubbery, Coastal Garden, Courtyard, Feature, Groundcover, Indoor Plant, Rockery, Container / Pot

Pests & Diseases: Mealy Bugs, Mites, White Fly

Cultural Notes: Prefers a part-shade position in a well-drained soil. In cold climates this plant can be grown indoors with bright light. Frost sensitive. Mulch well. Prune to shape when required and feed monthly with a liquid fertiliser or during Spring with slow release fertiliser.

Plant Care
Annual slow release fertiliser, Keep moist during dry periods, Liquid feed, Mulch well

Family Name: Origin:
Euphobiaceae SouthAmerica

Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Red
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: Autumn, Summer
Fruit: No

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Fast
Maintenance Level: Medium
Water Usage: Medium / Moderate
Drought: Medium / Moderate
Frost: Tender
Wind: High