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Description for Alternanthera ficoidea Parrot Leaf
Alternanthera is a genus of flowering plants in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae mainly popular for foliage plant.
Planting and care
This are not 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 colours are more intense in full sun. Alternantheras are at their best when young and growing strongly. For this reason, it is best to propagate from cuttings every year. Take tip cuttings at any time and root in moist compost in warm temperatures of about 21Â°C or keep shoots in water until roots sprout. Older plants do not overwinter well, so new shoots may be weak and slow to appear in the early spring. Take a few cuttings in August and these can give you a good stock of strong young plants to provide cuttings the following spring.
Caring for Alternanthera ficoidea Parrot Leaf
- Water the plants often enough to keep the soil from completely drying out.
- They generally do not need additional fertilizer, but if they are not 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 ficoidea Parrot Leaf
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 the ornamental purpose. Its generally keep indoor in the living room and in terrace area.
Medicinal use: Stems and leaves useful in eye trouble. The decoction is taken with little salt drunk to check vomiting of blood. Shoot with other ingredients used to restore virility. Poultice used for boils.
Note: Use only after consulting the specialist.
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