Acalypha chamaedrifolia (Lam.) Müll.Arg.

Chenille Plant, Kitten’s Tail



Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Acalypha

Category: Perennial

Zones: 9 to 11

Size: 6 to 12" tall, spreading

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Winter In


Bright red flower clusters to 4" long. Pinch back regularly to keep bushy and full. Keep the soil evenly moist and well-drained.


Published in Prodromus (A. P. de Candolle) 15: 2: 879 in 1866.

Basionym is Croton chamaedrifolius Lam. 1786.

Often sold as Acalypha reptans.

'Chamaedrifolia' = with leaves like Chamaedrys (Ground Oak) (Stearn)


My Experience: 

I purchased a 4" plant from Avant Gardens in April 2010 and planted it in a larger pot. It spread fairly quickly and almost immediately bloomed. Towards the end of the summer the leaves started to drop and the plant seemed in stress. When I put it in the conservatory for the winter it started to come back. I planted it out again in 2011 and it bloomed almost immediately.

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