Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Joseph's Coat, Parrot Leaf, Calico Plant
Alternanthera ficoidea 'Rosea Nana'

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

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Click thumbnail
to view:

By htop
Thumbnail #1 of Alternanthera ficoidea by htop

By htop
Thumbnail #2 of Alternanthera ficoidea by htop

By salvia_lover
Thumbnail #3 of Alternanthera ficoidea by salvia_lover


4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MaryLindsey On Apr 15, 2008, MaryLindsey from Lake Worth, FL wrote:

I found a beautiful new variation of this at my local nursery in Lake Worth, Florida. It's called "Red Crinkle". I've planted it around the base of my mature Queen Palm and around my Frangipani. Every shade of pink and red and purple in those delicate little mounds. People have stopped in their cars to comment on this unusual beauty.


Positive Maudie On Oct 23, 2003, Maudie from Harvest, AL wrote:

This is an excellent little plant for edging. Very easy to grow and looks well in front of shrubs or other plants; a colorful addition to the flower border.

Positive wnstarr On Oct 22, 2003, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grew up with my Mother having one growing in a pot about the kitchen sink. Very pretty plant for its foliage colors. Much to my surprise I saw it growing in Viet Nam and being used as an edging plant like we would plant boxwood. Thanks for bring back the memories.

Positive htop On Oct 20, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
I tried out this dwarf Joseph's coat this summer. The leaves are very small and narrow. Until they start turning colors, the plant is somewhat uninteresting except for providing green color and texture. But once the different colors emerge it stands out nicely. The young plants are very small and take some time to start filling out. At first, I was not giving it enough sun. Because it is in a container, I was able to move it to a sunnier spot which caused the leaves to start putting on their show. It is a great container plant because the stems start arching down around the edges of the container.


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

Jones, Alabama
Auburndale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
San Antonio, Texas
Puyallup, Washington

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 © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America