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ALTERNANTHERA dentata 'Royal Tapestry'

Image of Alternanthera dentata 'Royal Tapestry'

James Burghardt

Family

Amaranthaceae

Botanical Name

ALTERNANTHERA dentata 'Royal Tapestry'

Plant Common Name

Calico Plant, Joyweed, Royal Tapestry Joyweed

General Description

The mounding, spreading, tender perennial joyweed, 'Royal Tapestry', has fine, richly hued foliage and super heat tolerance. Its small, lance-shaped leaves are borne on burgundy stems and may be red, copper, purple or burgundy, depending on the season and sun and heat exposure. Throughout the year, it produces clover-like clusters of small, white flowers, but these are insignificant and offer little interest when compared to the attractive foliage.

For best foliar color, plant Brazilian joyweed in full to partial sun; bright light and heat improve foliage color. Well-drained but moist soil is ideal. Joyweed does not tolerant periods of drought, so be sure to provide it with even moisture at all times. This species is frost sensitive and can only be grown as an outdoor perennial in subtropical to tropical areas. In temperate areas with cold winters it can be grown as a seasonal annual, houseplant or greenhouse specimen. Pinch or head back the plants to maintain a dense, tidy habit.

This joyweed cultivar is a great, tough plant for hot gardens and adds dramatic color to beds, borders and hanging baskets.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    16"-24" / 40.6cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Caribbean, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Purple

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes