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Marcus, Joseph A.
Acalypha radians Torr.
Cardinal's feather, Cardinal feather
USDA Symbol: acra
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
6-8 inches tall. Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Cardinal feather is a low, clump-forming plant that blooms nearly half of the year. The plants are either male or female flowers. The male flowers are found on long tubular spikes, while the female flowers grow on shorter spikes interspersed with green bracts. The stems are densely pubescent. Cardinal feather provides interesting texture in a planted garden, be careful however not to let larger plants crowd it. Requires good drainage. Best leaf color in full sun.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Good in rock gardens and sunny area ground cover.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal
PropagationPropagation Material: Softwood Cuttings
Description: If stock plants are kept in the greenhouse over the winter, plants can be cut back and cuttings can be taken at any time. Plants kept outside may not be well emerged by early April.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0135
Collected Sept. 17, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie MillsapsNPSOT 1107
Collected Jun 30, 1992 in Bexar County by Curt Walker
Record Last Modified: 2010-06-07
Research By: TWC Staff, MWJ