Virginia Copperleaf

Acalypha virginica


Other Name:
Virginia Mercury, Virginia Three-seeded Mercury

Virginia Copperleaf is a native plant found through much of Virginia. The alternate name of Virginia Three-seeded Mercury is related to the Roman god rather than the chemical element. A bract is a specialized leaf on a plant connected to the reproductive structure, as opposed to the foliage leaves. The Three-seeded Mercury has small bracts that resemble the god Mercury's winged feet.

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Virginia Copperleaf
Virginia Copperleaf showing small flowers and bracts

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