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Grown exclusively for its colorful foliage - rich purple to burgundy leaves. Forms spreading foliage mounds to 12-30" tall. Common names - Joseph's coat, copperleaf, calico plant, bloodleaf, joyweed and parrot leaf - all in reference to the often brilliantly colored leaves which provide foliage contrast to gardens and container plantings.Best foliage colors are developed in full sun. It grows better in organically rich and consistently moist, well-drained soils, But not completely dry out. May also be grown indoors as a houseplant as long as it is sited in a bright, sunny location and soils are kept moist. Plants may be grown from seed by starting them indoors in late winter and transplanting them outdoors after last frost date. Pinching stems or shearing will keep plants compact and bushy.
Variety Watermelon has amazing colorful foliage with a combination of red, pink, orange, yellow and green.
Beautiful Variegated pink leaves. Takes both sun or shade, perfect accent plant that attracts attention of everyone who's passing by.
A water plant that will float across the water surface. The internodes of Alternanthera aquatica are filled with air, as adaptation to its life as a floating plant, and look "bloated". Dainty white flowers.
Unusual variegated white leaves. Takes both sun or shade, perfect accent plant that attracts attention of everyone passing by.
While some of the better-known species are aquatic plants, most are terrestrial. They take many forms, from prostrate to erect to floating.
The flowers of this plant are very insignificant, bearing small bracts on a single stalk. These are best cut off, to allow the plant to concentrate on it's foliage. An attractive border plant or groundcover. About 10cm high, 1m spread.
Although Alternanthera can usually only be found during the warmer months in nurseries, it can be grown all year round. Grows best in full sun and in good soil this plant will respond handsomely. Fertilizing should be done with a water soluble variety so as not to burn the foliage. Can be clipped occassionally to form a neat low edging.
Propagation can be done by dividing larger plants during the cooler months of the year.
Species and varieties:
Alternanthera reinecki -aquarium plant
Alternanthera sessilis -aquarium plant
Approximately 60 species are recognized, with inflorescences and foliage ranging from purple and red to gold.
The genus also contains several well-known ornamental plants, such as Amaranthus caudatus, a native of India and a vigorous, hardy annual with dark purplish flowers crowded in handsome drooping spikes.
Amaranthus cruentus is a tall annual herb topped with clusters of dark pink flowers. Many parts of the plants, including the leaves and seeds, are edible, and are frequently used as a source of food in India and South America. It is believed to have originated from Amaranthus hybridus, with which it shares many morphological features. Ancient amaranth grains still used to this day include the three species, Amaranthus caudatus, Amaranthus cruentus, and Amaranthus hypochondriacus.
Species and varieties:
Amaranthus caudatus (Pendant Amaranth, Tassel Flower)
Amaranthus cruentus (Red amaranth, Mexican Grain Amaranth)
Amaranthus mangostanus (Amaranth Edible Red)
Tolerates heat, drought and poor soil; subject to root rot if kept too moist; over fertilization may cause dulling of foliage color.
Chard has shiny, green, ribbed leaves, with stems that range from white to yellow to red, depending on the cultivar.
The native celosia are a medium green color with silvery white flowers that appear during the summer months. Through culivation two specific cultivars of this plants are now found. The first cultivar is the Plumosa group which is characterized by its plume like flower stalk which comes in a wide range of hot colors including yellow, crimson, and orange. The other group is the Cristata group which is characterized by it wavy crest of fused flowers stalks which comes in a multitude of colors. The Spicata Group (often classified as a distinct species, Celosia spicata) includes cultivars with slender, cylindrical pink or rose flowerheads which have a metallic sheen because the individual flowers are silvery-white at their bases. Celosias thrive in hot, humid weather. The celosias require constant moisture, but a well drained soil. Water before the soil dries out. The flowerheads of the Plumosa and Spicata cultivars are beautiful in fresh flower arrangements.
Celosia spicata includes cultivars with slender, cylindrical pink or rose flowerheads which have a metallic sheen because the individual flowers are silvery-white at their bases. Celosia is an annual that is easily grown from seed. The dried flowerheads are excellent in dried arrangements where they retain their color and don't disintegrate all over the place.