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ALTERNANTHERA dentata 'Rubiginosa'

Image of Alternanthera dentata 'Rubiginosa'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Amaranthaceae

Botanical Name

ALTERNANTHERA dentata 'Rubiginosa'

Plant Common Name

Calico Plant, Christmas Clover, Joyweed

General Description

Christmas Clover joyweed is a tender perennial from the West Indies and Brazil grown for it deep maroon foliage and heat tolerance. The leaves are lance to oval shaped with toothed margins. The insignificant flowers are white, without petals, grouped together and look like clover.

Joyweed is frost sensitive and grown as a perennial only in very warm areas. Grow it as an annual, houseplant or greenhouse specimen in cooler climates. Plant in full sun, bright light and heat improve the color intensity of the foliage. The soil should be well-drained but moist, joyweed does not tolerant drying. Pinch or head back to maintain dense, spreading plants. Joyweed is a great, tough plant for hot gardens and dramatic color in 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

    12"-36" / 30.5cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 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)

    Rose, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Rose, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Rose, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Rose, Burgundy

  • 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