July 18, 2013

Alternanthera as Alternative for Coleus in Hot Sun

 One of my favorite foliage plants, Alternanthera is brightest in full sun, will grow in part shade. Less of a water hog than coleus. You may know one of these plants as Joseph's Coat, Calico Plant, Parrot Leaf, Christmas Clover or any of a number of common names. Perennial here; cooler climates treat it as an annual. I usually keep a coffee mug filled with water and stuffed with 'Yellow Form'  inside over winter and plant the rooted cuttings after frost.

Alternanthera ficoidea 'Yellow Form' -- I call it 'Chartreuse'

Alternanthera here with Purple Heart and some young plants of Verbena on a Stick.

A. dentata ‘Rubiginosa’

Rubiginosa is a big plant, good for covering 
ankles of climbing roses; weaves through its

A. ficoidea ‘Bettzichiana’

Pretty in summer, in fall it turns deep red. 

Here with Yellow Lantana and a young 
Pride of Barbados.

I am waiting for Pride of Barbados to bloom like this one in the Fiesta Bed:

Today's Butterfly, Gulf Frit on Tithonia:

Hot, Hot Hot! Tropicalismo!


Janie Jurkiewicz said...

Is that the name of the butterfly or the flower...the flower almost looks like mexican sunflower but redder

NellJean said...

The flower is Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. The butterfly is Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae.

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

Lucky! I have looked everywhere for Mexican Sunflower seeds lately and none to be found. It did so wonderful last year in hot lean soil.

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