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A very colorful, tropical shrub, grown for its attractive reddish leaves. A beautiful foliage with mixed shades of red, yellow, and green. The leaves get a greater color with increased exposure. This plant is very fast growing. This is one of the most striking foliage shrubs and is widely used by tropical gardeners. A. wilkesiana, can grow as tall as 7ft, and are found in a wide variety of colors: green and white, green and yellow, red, bronze, copper, or brown. The leaves also vary in form, some being flat and others undulating, while the flowers are inconspicuous. In a garden, they are often used as informal hedges or in massed beds, all Acalypha species require careful pruning to prevent them from becoming leggy.
Epiphytic plant with long pendant, very narrow, succulent and channeled leaves deep green with gray scurf and spiny; inflorescence on reed like stems bearing red cone like fruit. A clumping plant that's great for a hanging basket. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.
It is a semi-woody, sprawling shrub sometimes up to 3 m tall. Its stems are shiny green with speckles, and a pair of spines at the leaf's angles.
It grows in mangrove forest, pure freshwater or waterlogged areas, and on dry land.
Acanthus montanus, also known as African mountain acanthus, False Thistle, Bear's breech, Mountain Thistle, and Alligator Plant, is a thinly branched unusual perennial with interesting foliage, basal clusters of oblong to lance-shaped glossy, dark green leaves reaching up to 12 inches long. The leaves have silver marks and wavy margins. It produces showy pink flowers in the summer to fall. It is said it is cold hardy to zone 9. The plant looks better in filtered light.
Several species, especially A. balcanicus, A. spinosus and A. mollis, are grown as ornamental plants.
Acer japonicum is a small deciduous tree growing to 5-10 m (rarely 15 m) tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm in diameter. In cultivation, it is often only a shrubby tree with multiple trunks joining at ground-level. In autumn, the leaves turn bright orange to dark red.