The Flamboyant Fire-Dragon of the Plant World

Meet the Acalypha Wilkesiana, a plant that's as fiery and flamboyant as its common name, 'Fire-Dragon', suggests. With its vibrant leaf colors and unique design features, this plant is a true showstopper in any garden setting.

Acalypha wilkesiana

Full Sun

Can grow in full sun conditions.

Moderate Water Needs

Requires balanced watering. Not too wet, not too dry.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in multiple pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects or skin irritation risks.

Safe for All Animals

No known safety risks to pets or livestock.


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About Acalypha wilkesiana

Standing at a majestic 3-4 feet tall and spreading out to about 3 feet wide, the Acalypha Wilkesiana is a sight to behold. Its leaves are a riot of colors - mahogany, canary, lime, apricot, rose, plum, scarlet, dappled, and even alabaster. During its peak season, it blooms flowers in shades of canary, jade, and scarlet. Truly, a plant that lives up to its fiery 'Fire-Dragon' moniker!

Did you know that the Acalypha Wilkesiana is also known as 'Match-me-if-you-can'? With its vibrant color palette, it's a challenge few plants can meet!

Also known as

Beefsteak plant
Capa de obispo
Copper leaf
Fox tail
Jacob's coat
Match me if you can
Wilkes' acalypha

Our design recommendations

The Acalypha Wilkesiana is a versatile plant that can serve as a stunning centerpiece in your garden. It's also a popular choice for hanging plant containers and indoor plants. Its vibrant colors and unique leaf patterns make it a model plant for any garden design. This plant is a great addition to any tub, terrace, or pocket garden. It can also thrive as an indoor plant, adding a splash of color to your living space.