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 Indica – Indian Copperleaf – is a small, upright herb, a common Indian weed, with stalkless flowers borne on erect axillary spikes longer than the leaves.It is used to treat various diseases, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. It is also used to cure toothache, earache and as a speedy laxative. The roots of acalypha indica are cathartic, leaves are used to cure scabies and snake bite.

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It requires moist air.

Pests and Diseases:

It has no serious pest or disease problems.

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