Can you use this fiery red plant to replace your lawn. To be be used as a softer alternative to dirt or wood chips?
I don't see why you couldn't. Just be aware that it can become highly invasive, and kill off other species in the area. As long as you are prepared to handle this, then I don't see why not. Here is an article for more information on the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/kochia/kochia-plant-info.htm
I live in Florida and I was wanting to know if this is a good plant for my front lawn?
This plant can become highly invasive, and is toxic. Please consult your local extension service before planting anything such as this in your yard.
This link will help you to find the closest extension service to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search
I live in hot and humid Sarasota, Florida and love the color and size and shape of mature red kochia scoparia, but I don't think it will flourish or turn red here as it is too wet and it doesn't get that cold. Low fifties is typical. Forties are considered very cold and not common. We have a lot of bugs and scale and mold. Is there anything as colorful and showy, bug resistant and fairly short as kochia scoparia that would grow in my suburban yard n Sarasota? Looking forward to hearing from you!
Kochia scoparia does not need the cold to turn red. It is an annual that reseeds. So you could plant it, but it is considered weedy and problematic when it reseeds.
Dwarf Nandina cultivars such as 'Firepower' and 'Blush Pink' also turn red and are about the same size.