Common name: Copperleaf, Joseph's coat, fire-dragon
Botanical name: Acalypha wilkesiana Family: Euphorbiaceae (castor family)
A very colorful tropical shrub grown for its attractive reddish leaves.
Beautiful foliage of varios shades of red, yellow and green.
Cultivars of A. wilkesiana, which can grow as tall as 7FT, are found in a wide
variety of colors: green and white, green and yellow, red, bronze, coppery, or
brown. The leaves also vary in form, some being flat and others undulating,
while the flowers are inconspicuous. In a garden, where they are often used as
informal hedges or in massed beds, all Acalypha species require full sun,
well-drained soil, and careful pruning to prevent them from becoming leggy.
They are easily propagated by cuttings.
Identification credit: R.K. Nimai Singh