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"
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to partial shade
Flowers: Insignificant, small, white "pompom"
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