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Copper Leaf, Beefsteak Plant
Scientific Name: Acalypha wilkesiana Müll. Arg.
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Copper Leaf, Beefsteak Plant (Acalypha  wilkesiana) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 24-25,27
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Does not take any frost, and is weakened or possibly killed by extended periods of low temperatures

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 60°F (15°C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Pacific islands

Growth Habits: Semi-deciduous shrub, up to 15 feet tall (4.5 m); grown for its attractive leaves, found in a variety of colors

Watering Needs: Regular to abundant water, need good drainage

Propagation: Cuttings

  • 'Godseffiana': shorter, more evergreen form, green to reddish leaves with yellowish margins, originating in New Guinea
  • 'Hoffmanii': narrower bright green leaves with a thin white margin.
  • 'Java White': creamy yellow leaves mottled greenish.
  • 'Macafeena': older cultivar with showy red leaves marked with crimson and bronze.
  • 'Macrophylla': very large cordate reddish-brown leaves.
  • 'Miltoniana': oblong leaves with white margins with deeper cuts.
  • 'Musaica': bronzy-orange-green with red to orange markings.

Copper Leaf, Beefsteak Plant (Acalypha  wilkesiana)

Acalypha wilkesiana

Cultural Practices:
Trim to prevent legginess.

Blooming Habits:
The Copper Leaf bears inconspicuous green flowers.

Fruiting Habits:

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