Round Copperleaf, Yerba de la Rabia
Acalypha radians Torr.
Longevity : Perennial
Cardinal Feather has male and female flowers on different plants. The male plant has a long red spike and the female plant has thick spikes with red threadlike styles. The leaves of both plants have lobed margins and are covered with sparse hairs. Cardinal Feather grows on dry, rocky ground in both the Edwards Plateau and the South Texas Plains and blooms from April to November. The seeds are eaten by bobwhite quail and Rio Grande turkeys, while the leaves are eaten by white-tailed deer.
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