Saturday, June 18, 2016

Chenille Plant

I couldn't resist taking photos of this wonderful furry flowering shrub while at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis and it turns out is is called the Chenille plant!

The plant is named for the French word for caterpillar, chenille.

Acalypha hispida, the Chenille plant, is a flowering shrub also known as red hot cat’s tail and fox tail, and cultivated as a house plant because of the brightly coloured flowers. The plant is ever blooming in the right conditions, warm and light.The plant can grow up to 12 feet tall and is grown from seed or cuttings, but care must be taken as all parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested by animals.

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