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Alternanthera ficoidea

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Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Alternanthera (al-ter-NANTH-ur-uh) (Info)
Species: ficoidea (fy-KOY-dee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Alternanthera bettzickiana
Synonym:Alternanthera amoena

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Category:
Annuals
Groundcovers
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Variegated
Blue-Green
Bronze-Green
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral eltel On Aug 14, 2001, eltel from Macclesfield, CHESHIRE (Zone 8a) wrote:

Also known as Josephs Coat or Copperleaf, Alternanthera are frost tender plants grown mainly for their attractive foliage. They need to be grown in full sun to promote good leaf colouration. In tropical and sub-tropical regions they are good ground cover plants but in less temperate zones need protection of a greenhouse or conservatory.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Hollywood, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Calhoun, Georgia
Ellabell, Georgia



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