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Euphorbiaceae (castor, euphorbia, or spurge family) » Acalypha wilkesiana 'Ceylon Lime'


ak-uh-LY-fuh or ak-uh-LEE-fuh -- meaning, nettle

wilk-see-AY-nuh -- named for Admiral Charles Wilkes, 19th century American naval officer and explorer in the South Pacific


commonly known as: Copperleaf, Joseph's coat, Fire-dragon


Origin: Fiji



... cultivars of A. wilkesiana, which can grow as tall as 7 ft, are found in a wide variety of colors: green and white, green and yellow, red, bronze, coppery, or brown. The leaves also vary in form, some being flat and others undulating, while the flowers are inconspicuous.


In a garden, where they are often used as informal hedges or in massed beds, all Acalypha species require full sun, well-drained soil, and careful pruning to prevent them from becoming leggy. They are easily propagated by cuttings.




- Flowers of India

- Top Tropicals

- Dave's Garden


Note: Identification attempted; may not be accurate.

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Taken on December 16, 2006