Growing Alternanthera

Botanical Name:

Alternanthera

Life Cycle:

annual or tender perennial

Planting Time:

spring or summer

Height:

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6" to over 1 foot

Exposure:

full sun to partial shade

Soil:

average soil

Hardiness:

zones 5-11 dependent on variety

Bloom Time:

spring to early frost

Flower:

white, inconspicuous

Foliage:

reds to purples to greens to yellows, can be blotchy or variegated

Propagation:

root cuttings 1 to 2 inches in length

Suggested Use:

beds, edging, borders, containers, and terrariums

Growing Hints:

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.

Interesting Facts:

Alternanthera come in many varieties. Varieties commonly grown as annuals are also known as Calico Plant or Joseph's Coat.

Comments

February 2, 20060 found this helpful

The zone you list is incorrect. Zones are to be listed as a guideline to where the plant can be grown OUTSIDE. This plant is a zone 5a (as listed in Dave's Garden web site). It is classified as a tender perennial.

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