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These are annual or perennial herbs or subshrubs. While some of the better known species are aquatic plants, most are terrestrial.They take many forms, from prostrate to erect to floating. The leaves are oppositely arranged. The inflorescence is a spike or a rounded head occurring in the leaf axils or the ends of branches. The flowers have 5 tepals. There are 3 to 5 stamens which are fused into a rim at the bases, and 5 pseudostaminodes.
Alternanthera is a genus of flowering plants in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae mainly popular for foliage plant.
Common name(s): Joyweeds,Josephs coat
Flower colours: White
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Max reachable height: 0.50 to 1 feet
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow
Planting and care
Josephâ€™s coat plants arenâ€™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: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Well-drained soil
Temperature: 62 to 77 degrees F
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Alternanthera
Water the plants often enough to keep the soil from completely drying out. They generally donâ€™t need additional fertilizer, but if they arenâ€™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.
Culinary use: NA
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.