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Virginia Copperleaf, Virginia Threeseed Mercury

Acalypha virginica L.

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)





▲ ▼ mature plants


▲ ▼ fall color of virginia copperleaf


▲ ▼ closer view of flowering stems



▲ ▼ flower bracts


Virginia Copperleaf

        summer annual, growing 6-24 tall with upright, slightly to moderately branched stems

        leaves are elongated to lanceolate, often coppery to reddish color in full sun, or late in summer

        inflorescence in small clusters in the axils of the leaves, with fringed, leafy bracts between/around flowers

        does not have milky sap

        is very similar to rhombic copperleaf (Acalypha rhomboidea), except rhombic copperleaf has fewer lobes on its flower bracts, and often remains mostly green, with copper accents, toward the end of the growing season

        does not have irritating hairs as does hophornbeam copperleaf

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