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Alternanthera ficoidea

Common Name(s):
Bloodleaf, Calico plant, Copperleaf, Joseph's coat, Joyweed, Parrot leaf

Herbaceous evergreen perennial commonly grown as a houseplant in the Ameranthaceae family.  Needs bright light, average room temperatures, and moist soil to thrive.  Leaves are elliptic to broad ovate green leaves (1” long). Brightly colored cultivars are popular, featuring green leaves blotched with yellow, orange, red, brown, copper or purple, sometimes with red veining. Flowers are white, no petals, insignificant.  Pinch back stems for a more bushy habit.

This plant does not have any serious insect or disease problems.

0.5-1 feet
Mexico, South America
houseplant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2917

Alternanthera ficoidea Alternanthera ficoidea plant
Dinesh Valke, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Alternanthera ficoidea Alternanthera ficoidea flower and stem
Dinesh Valke, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Alterantha ficodea Red leaves
KM, CC BY - 2.0