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Copper Leaf Acaphyla Plant Mardis Gras Cypress Elf

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4 Inch diameter plastic pot - A mature, well rooted starter size plant, growing and shipped in a 4" diameter plastic pot.  Plant will be a minimum of about 8 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time shipping.

10 Inch diameter plastic pot - A mature, established plant growing and shipped in a 10 inch diameter plastic pot.  Plant will be a minimum of about 2 feet tall, full and well branched.   This item ships by UPS Ground Service to the continguous 48 states.  It cannot be shipped to Alaska or Hawaii

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Botanical Name Acalypha wilkensiana
Common Name Copper Leaf Mardis Gras or Cypress Elf
Plant Family Euphorbiaceae
Mature Size 3 ft x 3 ft
Growth Habit Upright, rounding
Bloom Color Beige nondescript
Bloom Form Long cluster
Bloom Time Summer to Early Fall
Water Needs  Moderate
Light Needs Full sun to lightly dappled shade
Zone 10, 11 (9 with cold protection)
Key Features Showy colorful foliage
Suggested Uses Accent, hedge, mass planting, potted












About Copper Leaf Mardis Grass or Cypress Elf:

Copper Leaf Mardis Gras or Cyrpess Elf, is a more unusual and lesser known acalypha cultivar.  It has interesting variegated foliage in shades of peach, bronze, pink, olive and sage green. Colors will change with seasons, age of the leaves, and amount of available full spectrum light.   It has a very tight and interesting curling growth habit with a unique and interesting frilled ruffle along the outer edges of leaves.

Acalyphas are tropical, and are consider fully winter hardy outdoors only in USDA Zones 10B and 11, but they make make wonderful color pots in any climate where they can be protected from temperatures below the mid 30'sºF.  Are quick to establish, easy to grow and are tolerant of wide range of soil and light conditions.  The best coloration will be acheived in a full sun location, as color is less intense, and more muted with increasing shade.

Copper Leaf Plants produce an interesting but not very show flower in the summer to fall.  Clusters of very small brown to beige flowers appear along a long string.  These are not easily discernable as being a flower, but are attractive and interesting nonethe less.

For the best results with Copper Leaf Mardis Gras Cypress Elf:

  • Plant in rich, organic soil that drains well
  • Supply supplemental irrigation until very well established. 
  • Feed a good quality plant food 2 x yearly.
  • Little prune lightly and often to maintain size and limit openess.
  • Protect from frost and freeze.

Copper Leaf Plant Mardis Gras Cypress Elf


  • Model: COP-LEA-MA
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs
  • 1 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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