Common name: Parrot leaf, Joseph's coat, Joyweed, Calico plant, Copperleaf
Native to: South America and West Indies
Alternathera are bushy annuals and perennials with colourful leaves and insignificant flowers.
A. dentata is an evergreen perennial which may be grown as a bedding plant, providing good ground cover. The foliage is dark green flushed with purple and bronze, with brighter purple undersides. Insignificant white flowers are produced towards the rains.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to partial shade
Flowers: Insignificant, small, white "pompom"
Foliage: Evergreen; leaves attractively red or purple variants
Growth habit: Bushy
Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant
Height: Up to 15 to 30 cm
Spread: Up to 15 to 30 cm
Soil requirements: Prefers rich, moist well-drained soils.
Uses: Flowers, borders and beds, container plants