Common name: Parrot leaf, Joseph's coat, Joyweed, Calico plant

Native to: South America and West Indies

 

Alternathera are bushy annuals and perennials with colourful leaves and insignificant flowers.

 

A. bettzickiana is a common ornamental which is believed by some to be a cultivar of Alternanthera ficoidea. It is a generally upright plant that typically forms spreading foliage mounds to 12-30” tall. The species plants feature linear-lanceolate to ovate, toothed in variable colours from pink to red to yellow (to 3.5” long). Foliage is suggestive of coleus. White apetalous flowers appear in small axillary clusters in late fall to winter, but are insignificant

Alternanthera ficoidea "Bettzickiana"

Ksh500.00Price
  • Native / exotic: Exotic

    Aspect: Full sun to partial shade

    Flowers: Insignificant, small, white "pompom" 

    Fragrance: None

    Foliage: Evergreen; leaves attractively tinged with  pink, red or yellow.

    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

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