annual or tender perennial
spring or summer
6" to over 1 foot
full sun to partial shade
5-11 dependent on variety
spring to early frost
reds to purples to greens to yellows, can be blotchy or variegated
root cuttings 1 to 2 inches in length
beds, edging, borders, containers, and terrariums
Alternanthera make excellent fillers for container displays due to their compact growth. Space four inches apart for a carpet effect and pinch back occasionally to keep plants bushy. Pot plants and bring indoors as a house plant for winter.
Alternanthera come in many varieties. Varieties commonly grown as annuals are also known as Calico Plant or Joseph's Coat.