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Acalypha wilkesiana 'Tahiti'

Pronunciation: ak-ah-LY-fah wil-kes-ee-AY-nah
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Synonym: Acalypha
Common Name: Tahiti Copper Leaf, Joseph's Coat
Cultivar: Tahiti
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
Height to: 36-48 in
Width to: 4-6 ft
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 80 to 70ºF ZONE 14
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • repeat bloomer
Bloom Description: Tahiti Copper Leaf (Acalypha wilkesiana) bears catkin-like racemes, 4-8in long, usually red to pink tinted and often hidden among the leaves
Soil Type: Under glass, grow in soilless potting mix. Outdoors, grow in fertile, humus rich moist but well drained soil
  • Yes
Plant Perks:
  • Container Gardening
  • Mass Planting
Pests and Diseases: scale insects, mealybugs, whiteflies and spider mites when grown indoors. Downy mildew, powdery mildew, rust, leaf spots, fungal root rot
Propagation: Root softwood cuttings of Tahiti Copper Leaf (Acalypha wilkesiana) in spring, or semi ripe cuttings in late summer with bottom heat.
Native to: Fiji and South Pacific
Winter Sowing Zones: None
Notes for Identification:

Tahiti Copper Leaf (Acalypha wilkesiana) is a spreading shrub, with oval, variegated, mottled leaves 4-8" long.

Indoor plants should be kept above 55 °F (13 °C). Can also be grown as an annual.

Source: Various sources including The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and the USDA

USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • Any Heat Zone 1 to 210+ Days
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Trees, Shrubs
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