Acalypha wilkesiana 'Sizzle Scissors'

Sizzle Scissors Copperleaf Plant

Patents: PP#19738

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Acalypha

Parent: Acalypha wilkesiana

Category: Annual

Zones: 10 to 11

Size: 22 to 26" tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Leaves are pink green and red and are wavy margined.


From patent application:

The new Acalypha originated is a naturally-occurring branch mutation of a proprietary selection of Acalypha godseffiana 'Firestorm', not patented. The new Acalypha was discovered and selected by the Inventor on a single plant within a population of plants of 'Firestorm' in a controlled greenhouse environment in Bonsall, Calif. in 2003.

Sold as the species Acalypha godseffiana but that name is a heterotypic synonym of Acalypha wilkesiana.

My Experience: 

I purchased this at a sale at Cold Creek in June 2010. I kept it outside in a pot but it dried out too much so I put it in the conservatory. It came back with less variegation. Still trying to figure out what is interesting about it - maybe the leaf shape but it certainly isn't extraordinary. It fizzled out and died from neglect in the pot.

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