Alternanthera is a genus of flowering plants in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae mainly popular for foliage plant.
Common name(s): Sessile Joyweed,Josephs coat
Flower colours: Red
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Max reachable height: Up to 2 to 3 ft
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow
Planting and care
Josephs coat plants 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.
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Well-drained soil
Temperature: 20 to 30 degrees C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Alternanthera variegated
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 variegated
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 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.