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Acalypha virginica

 
Acalypha virginica

Common name Virginia copperleaf; Virginia three-seed mercury
Family euphorbiaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers greenish
Light sun-part shade

Annual U.S.-native weed with gently serrated leaves (new ones can show a copper coloration, which explains one of its common names) and insignificant flowers, growing with wiry stems. Somewhat common in our gardens, showing up mostly in the vegetable garden in summer. They are only a real nuisance when they are prolific – occasional plants are easily pulled up and discarded. The photo here is typical: the leaves often show insect damage.

This is a weed in our garden

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