Virginia copperleaf

Acalypha virginica

Weed Description: Summer annual to 3 ft tall with leaves that often develop a copper coloration.  Found from Maine south to Florida, west to South Dakota and Texas.
Seedling:  Cotyledons round, slightly notched at the apex, without hairs.  First true leaves opposite, subsequent leaves alternate.
Leaves: Lanceolate, 3/4-3 inches long, petiolated, upper leaves alternate, lower leaves opposite.  Youngest leaves develop a distinct copper coloration.
Stems:  Branching, hairy, 1 to 3 ft tall.
Roots:  Taproot with a secondary fibrous root system.
Flowers:  Green in color, produced in clusters in the areas between the stem and leaf petioles (axillary flower clusters).  Certain flowers surrounded by deeply divided bracts.
Fruit:  A 3-lobed seed pod.
Identifying Characteristics:  Distinct copper-colored young leaves, axillary flower clusters.

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