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Acalypha californica (California copperleaf)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Acalypha californica

Acalypha californica Benth.

California Copperleaf

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Synonym(s): Acalypha pringlei

USDA Symbol: ACCA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Margin: Crenate
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Catkin , Spike
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 40 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Heaviest flowering spring and fall, may flower year-round.


Native Habitat: On dry rocky slopes and in chaparral to about 4000'

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Description: Granite

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Acalypha californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Acalypha californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Acalypha californica


Record Modified: 2023-04-03
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