Alternanthera (Alternanthera ficoidea)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Alternanthera ficoidea

A garden annual grown for its colorful foliage. Habit can range from small mound shaped plants to tall hedge-like plants. Foliage is glossy and colors range from yellow to red to burgundy. Good for containers or as a border edging plant. 
Full sun and miost well-drained soil 

Taller Types
'Purple Knight'
'Gail's choice'
'Wave Hill'

Compact Types
'Red Threadleaf'
'Little Ruby'
'Party Time'
'Red Runner'


Mature Height
6-24 Inches
Annual Hardiness Type
Tender Annual
Bloom Color
Not of Interest
Bloom Season
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

None serious
Additional Notes
Grown best in soils that are not overly fertile. Occasional pinching or shearing can keep plants in bounds and almost hedge-like. Useful for 'carpet bedding'


Related Resources
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic