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Alternanthera species red - Plant

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Description for Alternanthera species red

Alternanthera is a genus of flowering plants in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. It is a widespread genus with most species occurring in the tropical Americas, and others in Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Sessile Joyweed, Dwarf copperleaf, Joyweed Red leaves. Seasonal bloomer 0.50 to 1.00 feet easy to grow

Planting and care

Joseph’s coat plants aren’t picky about the soil as long as it is well-drained and not too rich. The plants grow well in both sun and partial shade, but the colors are more intense in full sun.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full sun to part shade well-drained soil Medium 62-77F Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Alternanthera species red

    Water the plants often enough to keep the soil from completely drying out. They generally don’t need additional fertilizer, but if they aren’t growing well, try giving them a shovelful of compost in summer. Cut them back if the mounds start to sprawl or spread open.

Typical uses of Alternanthera species red

Special features: Bedding plant, edger or containers. Foliage is particularly attractive when plants are massed as a ground cover or edger. Plants of this species have been used since Victorian times in clipped formal plantings. Also can be an attractive houseplant.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose. Its generally kep indoor in living room and in terrac area.

Medicinal use: Stems and leaves useful in eye trouble. Decoction is taken with little salt drunk to check vomiting of blood. Shoot with other ingredients used to restore virility. Poultice used for boils.

References

    http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/

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