Alternanthera (Red) - Plant

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Sessile Joyweed, Dwarf copperleaf, Joyweed
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Description for Alternanthera (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 nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Sessile Joyweed, Dwarf copperleaf, JoyweedRed Leaves Seasonal bloomer0.50 to 1.00 feeteasy 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.

Full sun to part shadewell-drained soilMedium62-77FApply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Alternanthera

    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

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.


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