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Alternanthera ficoidea 'Purple Threadleaf'

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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

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive sjp8987 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.

Regional...

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

Glasgow, Montana
Round Rock, Texas
Waco, Texas



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