Joseph’s coat

FAMILY: Amaranthaceae | GENUS: ALTERNANTHERA

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

These foliage plants grab attention, whether used in large sweeps, in combination with other plants, or in container gardens. Wonderfully gaudy foliage. Prefer moist, fertile, well-drained soil; easy to root from cuttings. Native from Mexico to Argentina. Thrive in heat.

alternanthera dentata

  • Upright grower to 13 feet tall and 12 feet wide, with broadly lance-shaped, dark green leaves to 3 inches long and 2 inches wide.
  • Blooms in late fall and winter, bearing small greenish-white flowers that resemble clover blossoms and are held erect on the stems.
  • Rubiginosa has burgundy stems and leaves.
  • Tricolor offers burgundy foliage edged in deep pink; its new leaves include some green.
  • Brazilian Red Hots glows magenta and burgundy like a burning bush, 'Royal Tapestry' has bronze, narrow foliage and grows 12 feet tall and 23 feet wide, and 'Little Ruby' brings burgundy drama on a plant only 12 inches tall and wide.

alternanthera ficoidea

  • Sprawling or upright grower ranging from 6 to 20 inches tall, with elliptic to oval or rounded leaves to about 1 inches long.
  • Bettzichiana (A.
  • bettzichiana) has spoon-shaped leaves that have red and yellow markings.
  • Aurea Nana grows only 4 inches tall with yellow-splotched foliage.
  • Chartreuse is simply a bright green plant 48 inches tall and 612 inches wide.
  • Crme de Menthe has green leaves splotched with white.
  • Magnifica is a red-bronze dwarf.
  • Parrot Feather and 'Versicolor' have broad green leaves with yellow markings and pink veins.
  • In 'Sessilis Alba', leaves are pure white on the upper part of the plant, green closer to the ground.
  • Red Threads is just that, narrow, burgundy leaves in a mound 8 inches tall and 14 inches wide.
  • Party Time grows 12 feet tall and wide, with green leaves heavily marked with bright pink.

alternanthera polygonoides

  • Sprawling plant with reddish brown, elliptical to oval leaves to 1 inches long.
  • Grows to 4 inches tall and 15 inches wide.

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