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Alternanthera dentata, Joseph's Coat, Calico plant, Copperleaf, Bloodleaf, Joyweed, Parrot leaf
Alternanthera dentata 'Brazilian Red Hots'

Alternanthera dentata

Joseph's Coat, Calico plant, Copperleaf, Bloodleaf, Joyweed, Parrot leaf
Family: Amaranthaceae
Origin: West Indies to Brazil
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

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.





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Alternanthera dentata - Red Thread Burgundy

Joseph's Coat, Calico plant, Copperleaf, Bloodleaf, Joyweed, Parrot leaf. Perfect colorful plant for small spaces and ground cover in both sun or shade locations.
Origin: West Indies to Brazil. Grown exclusively for its colorful foliage - rich purple to burgundy leaves. Spreading foliage mounds to 12-30" tall. Common names are 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. May also be grown indoors as a houseplant. Pinching stems or shearing will keep plants compact and bushy.

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Alternanthera hassleriana, Hassler's Alternanthera, Neptune's Crown

Alternanthera hassleriana

Hassler's Alternanthera, Neptune's Crown
Family: Amaranthaceae
Origin: South America
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticWhite/off-white flowers

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.



Alternanthera hassleriana, Hassler's Alternanthera, Neptune's Crown
Alternanthera hassleriana, Hassler's Alternanthera, Neptune's Crown
Alternanthera hassleriana, Hassler's Alternanthera, Neptune's Crown


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Alternanthera sp., Bloodleaf

Alternanthera sp.

Bloodleaf
Family: Amaranthaceae
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageFlood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

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 brasiliana

Alternanthera dentata Ruby

Alternanthera ficoidea

Alternanthera hassleriana

Alternanthera reinecki -aquarium plant

Alternanthera sessilis -aquarium plant

Alternanthera Snow Ball





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Alvaradoa amorphoides, Mexican alvaradoa

Alvaradoa amorphoides

Mexican alvaradoa
Family: Simaroubaceae
Origin: Tropical America
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

The flowers are profuse and white, tightly bunched on little spiky thorns.




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Alyogyne hakeifolia, Hibiscus hakeifolius, Cienfuegosia hakeifolia, Fugosia hakeifolia, Alyogyne lilacina, Red-centred Hibiscus, Desert Rose

Alyogyne hakeifolia, Hibiscus hakeifolius, Cienfuegosia hakeifolia, Fugosia hakeifolia, Alyogyne lilacina

Red-centred Hibiscus, Desert Rose
Family: Malvaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowers

A.hakeifolia is a medium, much-branched upright shrub reaching about 10Ft in height. The leaves are dark green, glabrous, comprised of very narrow linear segments. The individual lobes make the foliage 'needle-like'. The plant produces an abundance of blooms each season. There are mauve, yellow and pink forms. Like its relative, Hibiscus, the individual flowers last only 1-2 days but new flowers continue to open over a long period, generally from November until March. The blooms are 2" to 6" long, tubular in shape, not opening widely and they usually have a dark red central spot. As A.hakeifolia is a desert plant, it is well suited to a warm, dry climate. It is intolerant of bad drainage but is adaptable and sufficiently hardy in cool moist climates such as south-eastern Australia. It is less hardy than Alyogyne huegelii in climates such as the subtropics with wet summers. A well-drained sunny spot is ideal although plants will grow in semi-shade. Plants perform best when they receive sunlight for most of the day and have some wind protection as large plants are subject to wind damage. The plant may develop into a well-shaped shrub without any need for pruning but it can be pruned to improve the shape if desired. A.hakeifolia tolerates mild frosts but some protection may be required from heavier frosts. Propagation from seed is relatively easy and no special pretreatment is needed. Cuttings also strike readily.





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