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PlantFiles: Joyweed
Alternanthera bettzickiana 'Brilliantissima'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Alternanthera (al-ter-NANTH-ur-uh) (Info)
Species: bettzickiana (bet-zik-ee-AY-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Brilliantissima

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral frostweed On Nov 22, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Joyweed 'Brilliantissima' Alternanthera bettzickiana is Naturalized in Texas and other States.

Positive capecoralmamma On Feb 15, 2006, capecoralmamma from Cape Coral, FL wrote:

I've had several of these plants for about 3 years. I've grown them (in Central and South FL) in total shade and in full sun. They grow easily from stem cuttings. I've grown them both in pots and in the ground. They require some cutting back every now and then to retain a nice shape.

Positive salvia_lover On Jan 22, 2005, salvia_lover from Modi'in
Israel wrote:

This plant really does best in full sun as it gets it's really vivid color combinations there. But it tolerates partial shade too...although having far less dramatic foliage color. The little white flowers aren't really visible from a distance, but up close are kind of cute. The mottled coloring certainly is the most striking feature of this plant. All of my sources list this as growing up to 8 inches tall, but mine in in a large pot on my patio and is at least 18 inches tall. In hot summers it stands up very well to the heat so long as the soil isn't allowed to dry out. But the one time I did let it get a little dry, it flopped over in a fainting heap....only to perk right back up within 24 hours of getting a long drink. I love this plant!


Neutral palmbob On Jul 6, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Though listed as an indoor plant in Sunset Western Garden Book, it grows year round for many in So Cal. It has incredible color, and even tolerates sun, but can't dry out.


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

San Leandro, California
Cape Coral, Florida
Titusville, Florida

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