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Diane324
Apr 6, 2018 10:44 AM CST
Years ago I took a cutting of an unusual plant I found - it was all red/magenta. The leaves, stems, roots were all shades of the same color - not a spot of green anywhere. It rooted and grew quickly and was a good hanging plant. Unfortunately my mom killed it when I was away at college, and I've never been able to find it again. I've searched the internet and found nothing even close and gotten wide-eyed stares from flower shops when I've asked. Do you have ANY idea what plant this is - and where I could get one?
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josebaca
Apr 6, 2018 11:37 AM CST
Hello & Welcome!
Did it look like this?
Thumb of 2018-04-06/josebaca/a8f613

...or anything like this?
Thumb of 2018-04-06/josebaca/375701

It's the only thing that came to my mind, if yes then it is Coleus.
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plantladylin
Apr 6, 2018 12:52 PM CST
Hi Diane324, Welcome!

Do you remember the blooms; shape, size? I'm not familiar right off hand with plants that have red roots but a few that come to mind with reddish to purplish leaves and stems and are commonly grown as hanging basket plants:

Bolivian Begonia (Begonia boliviensis)
Begonia (Begonia boliviensis Bonfireยฎ)


Joseph's Coat (Alternanthera ficoidea 'Red Threads')


Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart')


Purple Velvet Plant (Gynura aurantiaca 'Purple Passion')


Bloodleaf (Iresine diffusa f. herbstii)

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purpleinopp
Apr 6, 2018 12:57 PM CST
Hi & welcome! I was thinking about Alternanthera too. Lin put some A. ficoidea pics. Varieties of A. dentata could be in consideration for the possible plant.
The Alternanthera dentata database entries on this site:
https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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luvsgrtdanes
Apr 6, 2018 5:51 PM CST
Maybe Iresine Bloodleaf (Iresine diffusa f. herbstii)
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