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Inferno Copper Plant*

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Inferno'

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Inferno Copper Plant (Acalypha wilkesiana 'Inferno') at Garden Treasures

Inferno Copper Plant foliage

Inferno Copper Plant foliage

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Inferno Copper Plant (Acalypha wilkesiana 'Inferno') at Garden Treasures

Inferno Copper Plant

Inferno Copper Plant

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

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

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Wilkes' Acalypha, Copperleaf


This variety is much smaller than most, growing to only 3 feet; densely arranged small leaves in shades of copper, plum, and red-orange are impressive in the garden, or containers

Ornamental Features

Inferno Copper Plant's attractive small serrated pointy leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning green in color with showy burgundy variegation and tinges of orange the rest of the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Inferno 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

Inferno Copper Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Inferno Copper Plant will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. 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.

Inferno 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 
Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features