Top Questions About Alternanthera Plants

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Questions About Alternanthera Plants

Asked by
gcs on
August 1, 2016

Q. alternanthera

Can anyone help me locate a supplier of these plants? No one seems to know what I’m talking about when I ask for the plant by name (Alternanthera).

thank you

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 2, 2016

Try using the common name of Joseph's Coat, while searching for sources.
Often grown as an annual in colder climates, this tender perennial is hardy in zones 9 and 10.
Here is a link with more information.

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Asked by
Remolacho7 on
July 7, 2019
katy, texas 77494

Q. trying to identify plant

about 8 weeks ago I planted dome seeds that were labeled “spinach – bloomside long standing and I got something that does not look like spinach (photos attached). Could you help me identify what it is?. Thank you!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 8, 2019

This looks like Alligator Weed.
This link will help you.

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Asked by
Cecelia on
August 3, 2019
Smithville, Ga. zone 8

Q. I would like care information about a plant that I don’t know the name of, please.

I would like to know the name and information about a plant that dies in the winter and comes back in the spring. The info on the card said ‘tropical plant’. It is burgundy. It has long stems with leaves along the stems.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
August 5, 2019
Certified Expert

It appears to be Alternanthera brasiliana. They are not native to the US, and were only introduced to Florida. This is the only place that they can survive comfortably, outdoors.

They are quite invasive, and don't require any special care. Just don't let them get even close to freezing. They are strictly tropical.

Changing the soil once every year, and dividing them out can help keep it alive for longer. Feeding will not be necessary if you change the soil and divide every year, or two.

Outside of that... These invasive plants require very little other care.

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