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PlantFiles: Joseph's Coat, Parrot Leaf, Calico Plant
Alternanthera ficoidea 'Red Carpet'

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

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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By Calif_Sue
Thumbnail #1 of Alternanthera ficoidea by Calif_Sue

By zak1962
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lunanoir On Apr 27, 2014, lunanoir wrote:

This plant is a must have for any gardener who doesn't have time for pampering and temperamental plants. This is a gorgeous creeping ground cover and it does not take a lot of water, care or feeding to flourish. It needs sun to get the brilliant colors. This is at it's brightest during winter when nothing has any color in the garden. It also propagates very easily and can make a very eye catching display as a border edging plant.

Get one and you won't be sorry.

Positive zak1962 On Apr 8, 2009, zak1962 from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

I purchased two (2) of these plants at the end of the season in 2007. Listed on the card a "Calicoplant: Red, Green, Yellow" and "Alternenthera Bettzichiana". This is a gorgeous low sprawling plant.

I took several clippings and rooted them in less than optimal conditions over the winter. It is a very hearty plant. I moved these clippings into the garden last Spring (2008) and ended up with the 3' x 4' area you see in the picture to the right. I've rooted several clippings again this past winter and plan to make this plant the main 'under-planting' for one of my beds. It makes for a very attractive backdrop!


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

Brea, California
San Jose, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
Athens, Texas
Hutchins, Texas

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