• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Hoffmannii'

Jacob's coat 'Hoffmannii'

Jacob's coat 'Hoffmannii'

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Jacob's coat 'Hoffmannii'

  • Genus Acalypha can be evergreen shrubs or trees, or annuals, with simple leaves and catkin-like racemes of tiny flowers, brightly coloured in some species

  • Family Euphorbiaceae / Euphorbiaceae

  • Species 'Hoffmannii' is an evergreen shrub to 2m, with narrow, rather contorted coppery-green leaves margined with pink or cream lobes, and drooping racemes of tiny greenish flowers, often hidden among the foliage


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow under glass or indoors in a loam-less potting compost in full or filtered light. When in growth water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Water sparingly in winter, keeping barely moist. Can be grown outdoors in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in sun or part shade but only in warmer climes

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings in early spring or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer. Bottom heat will be required

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance

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