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Ornamentals


Shrub- California Copperleaf

California Copperleaf Acalypha californica c2008 by Ken Gilliland
Common Name: California Copperleaf

Botanical Name: Acalypha californica

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Description: Evergreen shrub, native to Baja and San Diego

Sun: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Needs watering every 1-2 weeks until established, then little water

Soil: Any; tolerates clay soils

Habit and form: Perennial shrub that can grow to 3 feet high and wide; stems are red colored; growth habit rounded, loose. Can be used in planter boxes or as low hedge

Flower type: Catkin-type flower clusters

Flower color & bloom season: Red; blooms in summer months or more often with periodic watering

Pruning time & method: Pruning generally not required; prune in winter as needed to maintain shape. Can be pruned to form a low hedge

Comments: Cold hardy to 28 degrees F. Can be used as annual in cold areas

References: Theodore Payne Native Plant Library

 

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