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Dwarf Chenille Plant
Dwarf Chenille Plant flowers
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Height: 6 inches
Spread: 15 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Acalypha reptans
This variety produces long pendulous tassels of vibrant red on arching branches; perfect in hanging baskets, containers, and window boxes; an interesting and graceful addition to the garden or patio area
Dwarf Chenille Plant features unusual red catkins dangling from the stems from early summer to mid fall. Its serrated heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season.
Dwarf Chenille Plant is an herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Dwarf Chenille Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Dwarf Chenille Plant will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. This annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.
Dwarf Chenille Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.