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

Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

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

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).