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Jan 3, 2019 12:19 PM CST
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Hello All,
I was gifted this small house plant and have googled my brains out trying to find its name. Would anyone happen to have any idea?
Thank you!
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Jan 3, 2019 12:22 PM CST
Name: Alice
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Try Alternanthera 'Party Time'.
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Jan 3, 2019 12:39 PM CST
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@ardesia
Thank you!!!
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Jan 3, 2019 12:44 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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I agree, Joseph's Coat (Alternanthera ficoidea 'Partytime') That's one I grew about 10 years ago and I loved those colorful leaves!

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Jan 3, 2019 12:54 PM CST
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@plantladylin

I agree it is such a pretty plant! I've been collecting pink toned variegated plants so my friend bought me this beauty.
I was concerned about light/soil so thank you both for your help Smiling
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Jan 3, 2019 2:57 PM CST
Name: Alice
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Jsld, Welcome! and why don't you go to your profile page (little blue person in the upper right corner) and add your location. It is often helpful to have that information when answering questions as we have members from all over the world here and gardening conditions can be very different. Some people can be uncomfortable doing this but please know you do not have to be specific, a region alone would be good to know.
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Jan 5, 2019 10:30 PM CST
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As pointed by @ardesia, geographic location is very helpful for giving ID suggestion. For example plant that looks like this one in my area usually is

do not know for sure whether Alternanthera 'Party Time'. and Iresine lindenii 'pink fire' are actually same plant, but the flower of the plant that looks like this in south east Asia are more like an Iresine rather than an Alternanthera.
sorry cant find my old picture.
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Jan 6, 2019 7:19 AM CST
Name: Alice
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Interesting, that does not look like an Iresine to me but it could be one I am not familiar with. Both Iresines and Alternantheras are in the Amaranthaceae family so they are certainly close cousins.
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Jan 6, 2019 10:31 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Both Alternanthera and Iresine are in the Amaranthaceae family and have similar appearance but I think Jsld's plant looks more like Alternanthera. I'm not sure but the photo below on the left may be in the incorrect database location.

This looks like Alternanthera .............. this one is Iresine
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Jan 10, 2019 9:44 AM CST
Name: Sherri
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plantladylin said:Both Alternanthera and Iresine are in the Amaranthaceae family and have similar appearance but I think Jsld's plant looks more like Alternanthera. I'm not sure but the photo below on the left may be in the incorrect database location.

This looks like Alternanthera .............. this one is Iresine



I believe you're right, probably another case of mislabeled plants. The second photo is a plant I have that I purchased from Lowe's awhile back, mine was tagged Iresine diffusa f. herbstii. Mine is 'Color Blaze' and that plant pictured looks exactly like mine. Shrug!
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Jan 10, 2019 10:53 AM CST
Name: Gina
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They sell them as annuals here, which is a shame to plant out something so gorgeous just to have it kick off in winter. I have contemplated putting a few in the greenhouse for color.
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Jan 11, 2019 4:33 PM CST
Name: Carol
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I have the Iresine diffusa and it roots very well in water, so maybe the other one could survive in the house over winter? Mine is blooming at present, outside with some overhead protection, but we never get frost, except a bit on the roof tops.
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Jan 12, 2019 7:56 AM CST
Name: Sherri
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My Iresine has overwintered outside, but I do have overhead trees to protect even if some frost. What makes it through the winter gets leggy, I cut and just stab them down in the flower pot they're in and they root easily. I see it come on clearance racks a lot at the box stores around here.

The more I look at that pretty pink and green Joseph's Coat (Alternanthera ficoidea 'Partytime'), the more I want one, will keep an eye out, I know I've seen them in the nurseries before, but been awhile.
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Feb 21, 2021 6:54 PM CST

Jsld said:Hello All,
I was gifted this small house plant and have googled my brains out trying to find its name. Would anyone happen to have any idea?
Thank you!
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Alternanthera Ficoidea -- Joseph"s Coat - "Party Time"
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