Joseph's Coat, Parrot Leaf, Calico Plant
Alternanthera ficoidea 'Snow Carpet'

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

Category:

Annuals

Groundcovers

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Variegated

Mottled

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Bartow, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lafayette, Louisiana

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Port Lavaca, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 10, 2006, barbur from Port Lavaca, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

These plants have grown beautifully in a difficult spot where they get no sun till noon then blazing hot sun the rest of the day. They are considered an annual but I have had them for about 3 years. They are in an area protected somewhat during our few freezes. Occasionally caterpillars eat on them.

Positive

On Aug 21, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, TX
This plant is native to Brazil and the West Indies and is usually grown as an annual bedding plant (indirect bright light is best) or houseplant. In the house, be sure to give a lot of bright light and keep the soil moist. They are outstanding accent plants in containers and serve as low bed borders. The leaves are small, a light green and edged in white. Not only are they bullate (blistered, irregularly bumpy), they are concave or convex (cupped up or down)and even tightly twisted sometimes. It presents a domed, thick, compact and neat habit looking like a miniature shrub. Spaced close together, they would create a nice accent for darker colored plants in the background. Mine have been extremely slow growing; however, this is due in all probability to the fact that ... read more