• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Acalypha hispaniolae

Hispaniola cat's tail

Hispaniola cat's tail

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  • Other common names Hispaniola cat's tail

  • Synonyms Acalypha chamaedrifolia
    Acalypha hispaniolae pendula

    Acalypha hispida 'Hispaniola'

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  • Genus Acalypha can be evergreen shrubs or trees, or annuals, with simple leaves and catkin-like racemes of tiny flowers, brightly coloured in some species

  • Family Euphorbiaceae / Euphorbiaceae

  • Details A. hispaniolae is a compact, somewhat trailing shrub with neat, ovate dark green leaves, and crimson flower spikes 5 - 7cm in length, from spring to autumn

  • Plant range W Indies


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow under glass or indoors in a loam-less potting compost in full or filtered light. When in growth water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Water sparingly in winter, keeping barely moist. Can be grown outdoors in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in sun or part shade but only in warmer climes

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings in early spring or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer. Bottom heat will be required

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Patio & Container Plants

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