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G5. Chenille Plant

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The chenille plant is a vigorous, upright, coarse-textured shrub that usually attains a height of 5 to 6 feet.  Older specimens can grow taller with some support.  The stems are heavily foliated with 6- to 8-inch-long, ovate, medium-green leaves.  The flowers of chenille plant are attractive and droop in cattail-like, pendent clusters up to 18 inches in length.  Flowers are showy, red, and borne by female plants during warm months of the year.