Chenille, also known as Acalypha hispida, is a shrub that is also known as a fox tail or a red hot cat’s tail. Originally from Oceania, the plant now is naturalized to many countries in North America. In traditional folk medicine, the leaf poultice is used for leprosy. Lots of people keep Chenille plants, but they should be kept with caution, as they are poisonous if eaten by animals. Chenille grow all year round if in the right climate.
Acalypha hispida, the Chenille plant, is a flowering shrub which belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae, the subfamily Acalyphinae, and the genus Acalypha. Acalypha is the fourth largest genus of the Euphorbiaceae family, and contains many plants native to Hawaii and Oceania. This plant is also known as the Philippines Medusa, red hot cat's tail and fox tail in English, pokok ekor kucing in Malay, Rabo de Gato in Portuguese and Tai tượng đuôi chồn in Vietnamese. Acalypha hispida is cultivated as a house plant because of its attractiveness and brilliantly colored, furry flowers.
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