Family: Amaranthaceae

Common Name: ABC's of Alternanthera


Alternanthera is a tender perennials or shrubs grown as annuals in the colder hardiness zones. Can be grown indoors as a house plant.

Plant TypePerennial Tender, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone(9)10-11
Sunlightdepending on the cultivar full sun or part sun, some cultivars burn in full sun while others lose their color in the shade
Soil & Siteaverage
Growing Mediaaverage
Flowersseldom flowers during the growing season in the colder zones, flowers tucked in the foliage, globular shaped, white
Leavessmall, many times thin, colors: yellow, red, burgundy, crimson, purple, pink, cream, tri-colors, etc.
Stemsup right to sprawling, spreading
Dimensionsusually less than a foot, spreading
Maintenancepruning to maintain desired size
Native SiteMexico
Misc FactsAKA: Bloodleaf, Calico Plant, Copperleaf,Joseph's Coat, Joyweed, Parrot Leaf
Author's NotesI have grown many different cultivars of Alternanthera. and found them easy to grow. May need some site adjustment to get the proper amount of light for the best foliage color.
Notes & Reference#51-Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials (Alan Arimitage) ,#109-Annuals and Tender Perennials for North American Gardens (Wayne Winterroud)
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