Calico Plant '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
Registered or introduced: 2007



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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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


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Bloom Color:


Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage

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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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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... read more


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.