Acalypha is a tropical plant, grown as a houseplant, or as an annual outdoors in temperate zones. Some varieties are grown for their foliage, which can be multi-coloured, and some are grown for the often brightly-coloured catkin-like flowers. If grown outdoors the plants like full sun or part-shade, and fertile, moist but free-draining soil. Indoors they should be grown in a soil-less, free-draining compost in filtered light. Acalypha hispida is cultivated because of its attractiveness and brilliantly colored, furry flowers. The plant has become somewhat domesticated, due to the nature and color of its flowers. It can be grown from seeds as well as from cuttings. It can be kept either as an outdoor plant or as a indoor plant. However, care should be taken in growing it, as all parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested by animals.

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It requires moist air.

Pests and Diseases:

It has no serious pest or disease problems.

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