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.

A. dentata. Upright grower to 13 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide, with broadly lance-shaped, dark green leaves to 3 in. long and 2 in. 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 ft. tall and 23 ft. wide, and 'Little Ruby' brings burgundy drama on a plant only 12 in. tall and wide.

A. ficoidea. Sprawling or upright grower ranging from 6 to 20 in. tall, with elliptic to oval or rounded leaves to about 1 in. long. 'Bettzichiana' (A. bettzichiana) has spoon-shaped leaves that have red and yellow markings. 'Aurea Nana' grows only 4 in. tall with yellow-splotched foliage. 'Chartreuse' is simply a bright green plant 48 in. tall and 612 in. 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 in. tall and 14 in. wide. 'Party Time' grows 12 ft. tall and wide, with green leaves heavily marked with bright pink.

A. polygonoides. Sprawling plant with reddish brown, elliptical to oval leaves to 1 in. long. Grows to 4 in. tall and 15 in. wide.

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