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Bloodleaf Alternanthera ficoidea

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Description

Herbaceous evergreen perennial commonly grown as a houseplant or annual groundcover in the Ameranthaceae family.  Needs bright light, average room temperatures, and moist organically rich well-drained soil to thrive.   Brightly colored cultivars are popular, featuring green leaves blotched with yellow, orange, red, brown, copper or purple, sometimes with red veining.   Pinch back stems for a more bushy habit.  If planting outdoors as a groundcover, place plants 4"-9" apart.  Plants can be overwintered indoors, tip cuttings can be taken, or they can be grown from seed.  Colorful cultivars make for interesting backdrops in border or edge gardens placed among more common green-leaved plants.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: This plant does not have any serious insect or disease problems.  Leaves may bleach in the full sun during hot summers.

Cultivars:
  • 'Creme de Menthe'
    White and green variegation
  • 'Red Carpet'
    Red leaves
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#annual#container plant#red leaves#colorful leaves#colorful#interiorscape#interesting leaves#mass planting#border#moist soil#bedding plant#tropical perennial#edge
Cultivars:
  • 'Creme de Menthe'
    White and green variegation
  • 'Red Carpet'
    Red leaves
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#annual#container plant#red leaves#colorful leaves#colorful#interiorscape#interesting leaves#mass planting#border#moist soil#bedding plant#tropical perennial#edge
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Alternanthera
    Species:
    ficoidea
    Family:
    Ameranthaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico, South America
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Insignificant
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are white, no petals, insignificant appear in axillary clusters from fall to winter.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Variegated
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are elliptic to broad ovate green leaves (1” long). There are many colorful cultivars with blotches of gold, orange, red-brown and purple, often with red veining. Brighter leaved varieties are often confused with coleus.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Formal English Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting