Short-stalk Copperleaf

Acalypha gracilens

Short-stalk Copperleaf James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons



This slender plant in the spurge family is found on the sandy, acidic soils in the Pine Barrens. It has linear oblong leaves and grows in sun or partial shade. It can tolerate dry or moist soils. Its small red blooms appear between July and September.

Plant Overview:

Other Common Names:Slender threeseed mercury
Plant Family:Euphorbiaceae
Plant Duration:Annual
Plant Type:Herbaceous
Plant Habitat:Pine Oak Forest, Pitch Pine/Scrub Oak
South Jersey Native Range:Pine Barrens
Bloom Time:Early July to September
Fruit Timing:Early August to October
Global and State Rank:G5, S4
Commercially available landscape plant?No
Soil Characteristics:
Soil Type:Sandy
Soil Moisture:Dry, Moist
Soil pH:Acidic
Light Needs:
Opitmal Light:Sun to partial shade
Light Range:Partial Shade, Sun
Water Needs of Plant:
Soil Moisture:Dry, Moist

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