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PlantFiles: Red Flame Ivy
Hemigraphis alternata

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemigraphis (hem-ee-GRAF-iss) (Info)
Species: alternata (al-ter-NAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Hemigraphis colorata

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral caribayb On Feb 20, 2006, caribayb from Tampa, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Here in Tampa, this did really well through the summer, but it looks now like it's all dead. I'm not sure if it's coming back, or gone for good. If it's supposed to be perennial, should I give it a chance to come back, or give up and try something else?

Neutral handbright On May 19, 2005, handbright from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

This gets a little wilty in the mid day heat here in zone 11. But really it is so striking as a ground cover mixed in with the bright lime green sweet potato vine, It has tiny little white flowers that are hardly noticable, but are still a nice little gift. This plant is new to me this year, so even though its so far, so good, it isnt even June yet so judgment is reserved!
**4/27/06- this plant died back but returned this spring. I did pull a lot of it out of the beds because they looked so scraggily. The new growth popped up along the old runners I missed (under an hibiscus) Now I know it will return, if you can put up with how it looks in its dormant period...(zone 10 b or 11).


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

Delray Beach, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Columbia, South Carolina

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