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Moorea Copper Plant*

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Moorea'

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Moorea Copper Plant (Acalypha wilkesiana 'Moorea') at Atlantic Nursery

Moorea Copper Plant

Moorea Copper Plant

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Moorea Copper Plant (Acalypha wilkesiana 'Moorea') at Atlantic Nursery

Moorea Copper Plant foliage

Moorea Copper Plant foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Wilkes' Acalypha, Copperleaf, Firedragon


Widely grown as an annual in colder areas, this variety will grow up to 4 feet in one season; grows larger in frost free areas; large, palmate leaves in shades of copper, olive green and orange are impressive in the garden, or containers

Ornamental Features

Moorea Copper Plant's attractive large serrated round palmate leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning olive green in color with showy burgundy variegation and tinges of orange the rest of the year. It features dainty pink catkins rising above the foliage in mid summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Moorea 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;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Moorea Copper Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Moorea Copper Plant will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 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.

Moorea 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.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container  Basket 
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features