Alternanthera – Burgundy Threadleaf – Joseph’s Coat – Alternanthera dentata

Garden Height
12 - 24
10 - 20
12 - 24
Container Role
Flower Size
Light Code
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun
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  • Adaptable as House Plant
  • Dead-Heading Not Necessary
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Foliage Interest

Maintenance Notes:

Evenly moist, well-drained soil for optimal growth. Drought Tolerant once established. Foliage color is deepest and most colorful with as much sun as possible, although the plant will grow well with at least 4 hours of direct sun. The foliage color will be less dramatic with less sun.

Uses Notes:

Great for landscapes and containers.

Maintenance Category: Easy

Water Category: Average

Bloom Time: Grown for Foliage

Hardiness Zones: 11b

Flower Form: Mass Planting

pH: A - pH 5.5 - 5.8

EC (2:1 Extraction Method): 0.6

Fertilization: 200 - 300

Light Requirements: High

Water Requirements: Moderate to Moist

Rooting Out Temperature: 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Growing On Temperature: 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Holding Temperature: 50 - 60° Fahrenheit

Planting and Timing Information:

Spring through Summer Finish. Standard PPP

Finishing Times [weeks]:

4-5" and Quart Pot: 4-6
6" and Gallon Pot: 6-8
7-9" Pot: 7-9
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot: 10-12

Pinching and Growth Regulators:

Pinching is not needed but may be used to shape and increase branching. PGRs may be needed, a light application may help control growth in small containers. Bonzi or Sumagic are effective. Do not use Cycocel.

Pest and Disease Management:

General pest and disease practices as listed in notes.

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