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Joseph's Coat, Parrot Leaf, Calico Plant
Alternanthera ficoidea 'Purple Threadleaf'

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

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

Glasgow, Montana

Round Rock, Texas

Waco, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On May 31, 2008, sjp8987 from Round Rock, TX wrote:

I give this plant positive because while it is a little bit of a pain to water twice a dayin 8b summers, it has always bounced right back from being completely wilted (about 5 or 6 times now!). They are not joking when they say it requires constantly moist soil. It's very beautiful and compact. I only have one but I bet it would look amazing in a group.