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Directory of Annuals

Calico Plant, Joseph's Coat
Alternanthera ficoidea

Alternanthera 'Purple Knight'
Alternanthera 'Purple Knight'

Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
 
Mature Height
6 - 24 Inches
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Bloom Color
Not of Interest
 
Bloom Season
-
 
Hardiness
Tender Annual
 
Size
Small
 

Features

A garden annual grown for its colorful foliage. Habit can range from small mound shaped plants to tall hedge-like plants. Foliage is glossy and colors range from yellow to red to burgundy. Good for containers or as a border edging plant.

Culture

Full sun and miost well-drained soil

Cultivars

Taller Types
'Purple Knight'
'Gail's choice'
'Wave Hill'

Compact Types
'Red Threadleaf'
'Little Ruby'
'Party Time'
'Red Runner'


 

Notes

Grown best in soils that are not overly fertile. Occasional pinching or shearing can keep plants in bounds and almost hedge-like. Useful for 'carpet bedding'

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