Acalypha wilkesiana is an evergreen shrub. It grows 3 m high and spreads 2 m across. The stem is erect with many branches. The branches have fine hairs. It has a closely arranged crown. The leaves are coppery green with red splashes of colour. This gives them a mottled appearance. The leaves are large and broad with teeth around the edge. They can be 10â€“20 cm long and 15 cm wide. The leaves are finely hairy. They can be flat or crinkled. The flowers are reddish in spikes at the end of branches. They have separate male and female flowers on the same plant. The male flowers are in long spikes which hang downwards while the female flowers are in short spikes. They do not show up easily as they are often hidden among the leaves. The flower stalks are 10â€“20 cm long.
Common name: Acalypha Red Twisted Leaves, Fire Dragon
Regional name: Bengali – Muktajhuri, Gujarati – Dadano, Kannada – Kuppigida, Malayalam – Kuppaimeni, Marathi – Khajoti, Sanskrit – Harita-manjari, Tamil – Kuppaimeni, Telugu – Kuppichettu
Flower Color: Reddish-pink
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Height: up to 2 to 2.5 meters
Difficulty level: Easy to grow
Planting and care
The most important thing in growing copper leaf plants is the location. The best place to grow the plant is in full sun, although it can survive in half sun or partially shaded areas. Direct sunlight, however, makes the leaves more brightly colored.
Sunlight: The plant, often called “copperleaf,” does fine in partial shade or sun. It prefers a position sheltered from strong winds, and a fertile, organic soil. Indoor plants do well in medium light, but leaf colour develops best on plants kept in bright light.
Soil: well-drained soil.
Temperature: 16Â°C (61Â°F).
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Acalypha wilkesiana ceylon
- Whether indoors or outdoors, growing copper leaf plants in a pot or a different container works well. If growing it in a container, the first step in the care of Acalypha wilkesiana is to ensure the pot is twice the size of the plantâ€™s root ball.