Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Joseph's Coat
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

Click thumbnail
to view:

By Calif_Sue
Thumbnail #1 of Alternanthera ficoidea by Calif_Sue

By zak1962
Thumbnail #2 of Alternanthera ficoidea by zak1962


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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
Athens, Texas
Hutchins, Texas

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America