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ALTERNANTHERA 'Raspberry Rum'

Image of Alternanthera 'Raspberry Rum'

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Family

Amaranthaceae

Botanical Name

ALTERNANTHERA 'Raspberry Rum'

Plant Common Name

Alternanthera

General Description

Bright color and good heat tolerance is an irresistible combination, and 'Raspberry Rum' delivers both. This garden hybrid is an evergreen tender perennial and boasts showy purplish burgundy leaves with splashes of fuchsia-red. Each elliptical leaf is different. Throughout the year, the spreading, bushy plant produces clover-like clusters of small, white flowers, but these are insignificant and offer little interest when compared to the spectacular color of the leaves.

For best foliar color, plant 'Raspberry Rum' in full to partial sun; bright light and heat improve the intensity of the 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. This selection is frost sensitive and can only be grown as an outdoor perennial in subtropical to tropical areas, though it can be grown as a seasonal annual, houseplant or greenhouse specimen in temperate areas with cold winters. Pinch or head back the plants to maintain a dense, tidy habit.

Joyweed is a great foliage plant for hot, sunny gardens. It makes an eye-catching groundcover when planted in masses and thrives in containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Purple, Pink, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Purple, Pink, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple, Pink, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Purple, Pink, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No