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Acalypha wilkesiana, Fire Dragon Acalypha, Hoja de Cobre, Copper Leaf

Acalypha wilkesiana

Fire Dragon Acalypha, Hoja de Cobre, Copper Leaf
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Fiji
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliageSeaside, salt tolerant plant

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.





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Acalypha wilkesiana - Chicago Brick Copper Leaf

Copper Leaf - is a very colorful tropical shrub grown for its attractive reddish leaves. This variety has beautiful foliage of mixed shades of red, yellow and green. The more sun, the more colorful the leaves will get. It is very fast growing. This is one of the most striking foliage shrubs and is widely used by tropical gardeners.

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Acanthostachys strobilacea , Pinecone Bromeliad

Acanthostachys strobilacea

Pinecone Bromeliad
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Origin: Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteModerate waterYellow/orange flowersThorny or spiny

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.



Acanthostachys strobilacea , Pinecone Bromeliad
Acanthostachys strobilacea , Pinecone Bromeliad
Acanthostachys strobilacea , Pinecone Bromeliad
Acanthostachys strobilacea , Pinecone Bromeliad


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Acanthus ilicifolius, Holly-leaved Acanthus, Sea Holly, Holy Mangrove

Acanthus ilicifolius

Holly-leaved Acanthus, Sea Holly, Holy Mangrove
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: India, Polynesia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticKeep soil moistRegular waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Thorny or spinyFlood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

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.





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Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear 's Breeches
Acanthus montanus

Acanthus sp.

Acanthus, Bear 's Breeches
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Mediterranean Basin, Asia
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterOrnamental foliageDeciduousThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

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.





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Acer japonicum, Amur maple, Downy Japanese maple, Fullmoon maple
Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Acer japonicum

Amur maple, Downy Japanese maple, Fullmoon maple
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Japan
Can be used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

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.





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