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Acalypha monostachya: Round Copperleaf / Raspberry Fuzzies

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Form: Herb.
Lifespan: Perennial.
Leaf retention: Dies to ground in freezes.
Growth rate: Moderate.
Mature Size: 6" to 1' high and 3-4' in diameter.
Flowers: Tiny, fuzzy red to pink styles and stamens, male and female usually on separate plants. The thin red filaments are the styles on the female flower.
Bloom: Spring into fall.
Fruit: Seed.
Leaves: Small, round to heart-shaped, green to gray-green, covered with fine hairs.
Stems: No thorns, fine hairs, branching.
Wildlife: Female plants do not appear to attract insects or wildlife.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Texas and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 8-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Part shade to full sun. Best in part shade.
Water once established: Once or twice a month in part shade.
Soil: Well drained, dry, pH 6.1-8.5 (slightly acidic to alkaline).
First Year Care: Water daily except after rain. May take off on its own after first heavy monsoon.
Prune: After first frost in fall or winter, cut to ground.
Litter: Entire plant after frost.
Propagation: Seed.
Uses: Ground cover, grass substitute.

After freezing temperatures, this plant does not put on new leaves until spring, becoming one of the last garden plants to leaf out. The name Copperleaf derives from the tendency of the leaves of this genus to turn a copper color in high temperature with insufficient water. Raspberry Fuzzies is a trademarked name.

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Acalypha monostachya: Round Copperleaf - female flower Acalypha monostachya: Round Copperleaf - male flower
Acalypha monostachya: Round Copperleaf

Acalypha monostachya: Round Copperleaf