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Calico Plant, Joseph's Coat
Alternanthera ficoidea

Alternanthera 'Purple Knight'
Alternanthera 'Purple Knight'

Quick Profile

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


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.


Full sun and miost well-drained soil


'Purple Knight' 18-24 inches tall, burgundy foliage

'Wavy yellow' 6-12 inches tall, narrow gold splashed foliage

'Red Coat' 10-14 inches tall, multicolored foliage

'Threadleaf Red' 10-14 inches tall, narrow scarlet foliage

'Party Time' 10-14 inches tall, multicolored foliage

'Broadleaf Red' 6-12 inches tall, apple green leaves with red stripe


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'