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Alternanthera ficoidea

Parrot leaf

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Features

  • Height0.2m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.5m to 1m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourRed orange purple yellow
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Alternanthera ficoidea (Parrot leaf). This species is a upright perennial which is mat forming. The leaves are medium green and elliptic to obovate; they are marked with orange, yellow or purple. The flowers are white and produced in axillary spikes.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Other common names

Shoofly, Joseph's coat

Origin

S. America, Mexico

Interest and use

Grown as an edging plant, for foliage interest and as a houseplant.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

Frost tender, min 15-18C. Needs sun or partial shade and moist but well drained soil.

Propagation

Propagate by tip cuttings or division in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites

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