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Chenille Plant - Red Hot Cattails

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  • fuzzy red catkins
  • unique flowers
  • cascading growth habit
  • great for baskets
  • blooms all summer

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Product Description

Acalypha Repens, commonly known as strawberry firetails, or chenille, or red hot cattails. It is a rather easy to grow cascading plant with unique flowers that start out as fuzzy little buttons and elongate and mature into fuzzy red cones 3-4" long. Likes sun and Moisture. Can be used unside or out.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B000BCHK5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SoCal Gal on December 2, 2006
People are always amazed when they see this plant on my patio. "Is that real?" is one of the questions I get. Few can resist touching the fuzzy cattails to see if they feel as furry as they look.

My chenille plant is in a hanging basket in a bright spot, out of direct sunlight. I've had it for a couple years. I love it when it's in lush bloom and the bright green leaves are full. It goes through cycles though when it looks thin and pale, and drops leaves and cattails (which is why I'm giving it 4 rather than 5 stars). It doesn't do as well when the weather gets cold or if it is not watered regularly. But it always springs back to life.

If you enjoy unique, interesting, colorful plants that attract attention, this would be a great addition to your home.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy Wallace VINE VOICE on December 23, 2006
I ran across one of these in a supermarket on the East Coast years ago, and fell instantly in love. I had no accurate information on what it as, or how to take care of it, so it died.

These are excellent house plants, but do need to be cleaned up after regularly, as their some leaves and "chenille blooms" will wither and fall off after several weeks. They do require moderate attention to ensure that they are well watered and fertilized. They do the best in moderate sunlight, with a few hours of direct sunlight per day. I keep mine right next to a sliding glass door that gets about 4 hours of direct light per day.

With good care, these plants are fabulous in hanging baskets and they bloom year round!

BE CAREFUL! If you have pets or young children, these plants ARE POISONOUS! The leaves, stems AND blooms are all poisonous!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geronimo on September 11, 2012
I don't know where I got this plant. But, here in Chicago, I brought it inside in winter and it made it
through until Spring. A friend asked me for cuttings, which root in water, and now she has a nice sized one.
That's good, as, my son forgot to water while we were away and I may have lost mine.
No problem! I just got some cuttings from my friend which I am rooting in water.
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