Acalypha hispida grows as a large shrub 5-10 feet tall. If trimmed, it can be grown as a hedge or even maintained at a low height shrubs. The plant produces flowers in a variety of shades, including the traditional cat tail red, as well as pink, white, off-white, and crimson or vinous colored varieties. The shrub blooms year round in warmer climates and spring through fall in cooler climates, producing masses of long, bright inflorescences that hang down and give rise to its popular name of "Cat Tails". The brightly colored pendulous tassels are extremely showy. This is a tough and versatile plant which is salt-tolerant and seaside-resistant, and can withstand temperatures down to the 30s F for a short period of time.Acalypha hispida can typically be grown in USDA Zones 9-11.
When growing Acalypha hispida in zones cooler than zone 9, the plant should be grown in a pot and brought in for the winter to a cold, but not freezing, area. The soil should be kept moist, and fertilizer should be used sparingly, but may be beneficial from April to August. Acalypha hispida should be pruned often to maintain a healthy shape and prevent overgrowth. To encourage flowering, the new growth should be trimmed during the winter months.