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Alternanthera amoena

Joy weed

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Features

  • Height0.2m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.5m to 1m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Alternanthera amoena (Joy weed). This is a low-spreading to upright perennial. The leaves are elliptical to obovate medium green and pointed about 2.5cm long. The flowers are small and white and produced in axillary spikes.

Characteristics

Perennial, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

South America

Interest and use

Grown for their attractive, coloured foliage. Plants are useful for carpeting or bedding.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

When grown under glass use a loam-based compost potting compost with full light. When grown outdoors give them moist well-drained soil with full sun.

Propagation

Sow the seeds as soon as they are ripe, you can divide in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for red spider mites.

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