Joseph's Coat (Alternanthera ficoidea)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 12 - 14 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Suitable as Annual
Suitable for miniature gardens
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 7, 2011 9:06 PM

Alternanthera ficoidea is native to South America and Mexico. The plant bears small white inconspicuous flowers and is mainly grown for the lovely, brightly colored and patterned foliage. It is perennial in warm climates but is suitable as an annual in colder areas.

I've grown this plant as both a landscape plant and as a container plant. The plants in the ground survived for quite a few years but were killed by many nights of mid 20ºF temperatures last winter. The containerized plant survived because it was moved to a covered porch and covered with an old blanket during the cold nights.

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