Acalypha californica

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Scientific Name: Acalypha californica
Common name: California copperleaf

Acalypha californica
Acalypha californica
Acalypha californica
Lovely red-twigged ornamental shrub blooms much of the year if watered periodically. Great in planters or as groundcover. Can be pruned to form low hedge. Tolerates clay soils.

Plant Family: Euphorbiaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Rounded, loose
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 28 degrees F
Flower Season: Most of year
Flower Color: Red catkins
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Coastal San Diego Co. to Baja & edge of desert
Natural Habitat: Dry granite slopes 700-4000' in Chaparral, Southern Oak Woodland

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1993 Jepson Manual Treatment
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
California Native Plant Link Exchange