TROPICAL PLANT ENCYCLOPEDIA


Pictogram Guide · Mouse over pictogram for definition

Alternanthera brasiliana, Alternanthera dentata, Josephs Coat, Calico plant, Copperleaf, Bloodleaf, Joyweed, Parrot leaf

Alternanthera brasiliana, Alternanthera dentata

Josephs Coat, Calico plant, Copperleaf, Bloodleaf, Joyweed, Parrot leaf
Family: Amaranthaceae
Origin: West Indies to Brazil
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeFull sunRegular waterOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowersSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This low-growing, mound-forming evergreen groundcover is native to tropical regions from the West Indies to Brazil. Alternanthera dentata or Joseph's Coat features ornamental foliage displays of a multitude of colors such as purple, burgundy, red, pink, orange, yellow and green on small plants 2-5 ft tall. Not only does this plant add an eye-catching contrast to gardens, but it also needs minimal care and maintenance.

Full sun is recommended for Alternanthera dentata to maximize its colorful foliage and blossom white or off-white flowers. Semi-shade is also acceptable, but try to avoid full shade. Water regularly, but not in excess to prevent waterlogging and ensure that the soil doesn't completely dry out.

Zones 10-11 USDA are ideal for growing Alternanthera dentata, but those living in cooler climates can still enjoy this plant with a few extra steps. Pot your Alternanthera dentata in a pot that can be moved indoors during a frost. Mature cold-hardy at least to 30s F for a short time, this beautiful tropical plant is also salt tolerant and makes for a great choice for seaside gardens.

With its stunning, long season of color and low-maintenance requirements, Alternanthera dentata or Joseph's Coat is a fantastic choice for gardens, landscapes and container plantings.


Similar plants:




Link to this plant:
https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/alternanthera_dentata.htm