Acalypha gracilens from Vickey South Carolina

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It has red leaves and little red blooms. It’s tiny not over six inches tall. I have searched the name that plant website with no success. I have found several of these little things that have popped up in different places. It was their color that got my attention. Can you help me identify it. Thank you!

Hi Vickey,

your plant is a common herb usually in disturbed soils known as three-seeded mercury, or Acalypha. We have 5 species, but yours seems to match Acalypha gracilens. The plants turn red only in Autumn, they are normally green throughout. What you are calling flowers are actually bracts like little boats that hold the tiny green flowers.  Yours has seed capsules. Nice pictures! It is distantly related to poinsettias, and is in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae.


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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