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Alternanthera 'Brazilian Red Hots'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Alternanthera (al-ter-NANTH-ur-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Brazilian Red Hots
Additional cultivar information: (PP19936, aka Brazilian Red)
Hybridized by Anatriello; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2007

One vendor has this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PlantMatch On Feb 24, 2011, PlantMatch from Brunswick, GA wrote:

This is a very easy plant to grow and very bright with the Hot Pink outlines on the leaves. Full sun brings out the best color. The plant can be quite drought tolerant in the ground as well. Keep trimmed some so that more fresh foliage branches out for color. Have seen it in North Florida waist high. Max would be 2-3' high and 2-3' wide (less in cooler night areas). Plant as a single specimen or a tall edging plant ie dont plant in front of short plants. Flowers are evident in short days but are small and insignificant white balls. Should be easy to root by cuttings. Stick the first internode into the rooting medium and keep in shade till roots are formed an inch long. Grow as an annual anywhere after frost.

Use in a mixed container as the tall Pizzazz plant, but snip to maintain from taking over. Stunning as a single plant in an urn of white or cobalt blue enamel !

Neutral janlark On Aug 7, 2010, janlark from Auburndale, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant also is being sold by Home Depot as Alternanthera Dentata 'Brazilian Red Hots' with a suggested height of 24-36 inches. We bought some and they already have reached 12 inches after only 3 weeks in the ground and I have no reason to suspect they won't keep growing. Will update in about a month.


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

Auburndale, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Eustis, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Naples, Florida
North Palm Beach, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Pass Christian, Mississippi
Houston, Texas
Kilgore, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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