Common name: Alligator weed, Parrot leaf
Native to: Western Ghats of India
Alternathera are bushy annuals and perennials with colourful leaves and insignificant flowers.
A spreading plant with narrow oval green and yellow variegated leaves that have a wavy edge. Likes moist well drained soil growing 6-8" in sun to part shade. A tropical plant with brilliant colorful foliage that produces small orchid to lavender flowers at the tips. Great for mixed containers. Easy and quite unusual.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to partial shade
Flowers: Insignificant lavender flowers
Foliage: Evergreen; variegated: gold, chartreuse, green
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