Plant Name: Acalypha hispida
Common Names: Chenille Plant and Red Hot Cattails.
Light Needs: Full to medium light in winter; medium light in summer.
Best Temperatures: Keep them above 60ºF.
Water and Humidity Needs: Keep moist in a high humidity.
Growing Guidelines: Fertilize monthly with a 1-2-1 mix and prune heavily in spring
Common Problems: Spider mites can spot the leaves. Dry air or lack of water can cause this plant to drop its leaves.
Propagation: Take tip cuttings in early spring or late summer.
Where it Grows: Tropical dry forests in Papua New Guinea.
Interesting Fact: In cultivation, only female plants are likely to be seen and it is the female part of the flower, the stigma that gives the red color to the hanging tails.