Acalypha is a large genus of about 430 species of shrubs, trees, and annuals from tropical and subtropical regions. They can be used outdoors in warmer areas or grown in a greenhouse or as houseplants. The genus includes the familiar chenille plant ( A. hispida ), often grown in hanging baskets, and A. wilkesiana , also known as copperleaf or Jacob’s coat. Some species are grown for their foliage, which can be multi-colored, others are grown for their catkin-like racemes of flowers, which on some plants are large and vividly colored.
Outdoors, plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, in sun or part shade. Indoors, grow in a soilless mix in full or filtered light. Water freely and fertilize monthly during the growing season, but water only moderately in winter.