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Plants from left to right: Acalypha wilkinsiana 'Jungle Dragon' - Jungle Dragon Copper Leaf , Brugmansia candida 'Super Nova', Carica papaya - Hawaiian Solo Papaya. Photo taken Oct. 07, 2009.



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There's a lovely colour on the copper one.

8 Oct, 2009

 

Hywel,

It's very common for Acalypha species to have highly variegated leaves.

9 Oct, 2009

 

Is it like that all the time then ? I thought it had turned colour because of the time of year. It's very nice.

9 Oct, 2009

 

Hywel:

Thanks!

Yes, it stays this color all year. Acalypha or Copper Leaf shrubs are tropicals native to the South Pacific Islands...they come in many colors. They love high heat and high humidity...and are extremely sensitive to cold or even protracted cool weather.

9 Oct, 2009

 

No good for my garden then.. lol, - but they are lovely

9 Oct, 2009

 

Hywel,

My Acalypha has been in the ground for 2 1/2 years however, it can be grown as an annual if they are available in Wales. : > )

10 Oct, 2009

 

I'll have to look around. I'd like it even as an annual. Thank you .

10 Oct, 2009

 

Hywel:

Good luck finding one. : > )

They are pretty easy to grow from cuttings also.

11 Oct, 2009

 

Love those copper leafs! particularly the "string leaf" ones like Mardi Gras. I use it like Japanese maple in Florida for a kind of red weeping effect. Also the petticoat varieties with ruffly pinked edges like Dragon's Head (? mostly burgundy). They get more color from cooler temps, too. Ah, yes.

17 Oct, 2009

 

Orgratis:

Yes, all those varieties and many more grow here...I've posted several photos of them in the past.

As, far as cooler temps giving them more color...that's not true, they are very tropical in origin and don't like cooler temps. If it's too cool, too long the leaves will start to fall off and they will look very unacttractive.

17 Oct, 2009



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