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

Garden Height
12 - 24
10 - 20
12 - 24
Container Role
Flower Size
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun
Proven Selections

Adapatable 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

Flower Form Container, Landscape, Mass Planting

pH A - pH 5.5 - 5.8

EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 0.6 - 0.9

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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