Tropical Tempest Copper Plant
Acalypha wilkesiana 'Tropical Tempest'
Tropical Tempest Copper Plant foliage
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Tiki Tropical Tempest, Copperleaf Plant
Group/Class: Tiki Series
This copper plant is anything but copper; lime green leaves with dark green and gold variegation on a bushy mounded plant; colors most intense in sunny areas; great for containers
Tropical Tempest Copper Plant's attractive serrated heart-shaped leaves remain lime green in colour with showy dark green variegation and tinges of gold throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Tropical Tempest Copper Plant is a multi-stemmed annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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 plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Tropical Tempest Copper Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Tropical Tempest Copper Plant will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
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 pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from 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.
Tropical Tempest Copper Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.