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Variegata Rosea Alternanthera

Alternanthera lehmannii 'Variegata Rosea'

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Variegata Rosea Alternanthera (Alternanthera lehmannii 'Variegata Rosea') at Thies Farm & Greenhouses

Variegata Rosea Alternanthera foliage

Variegata Rosea Alternanthera foliage

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Height:  6 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Rosy Glow, Calico Plant, Parrot Leaf

Description:

A dense plant presenting cupped and puckered leaves with rose pink spots and a red-purple blush; best color in full sun; great for indoor containers as an accent or groundcover

Features & Attributes

Variegata Rosea Alternanthera's attractive glossy oval leaves emerge chartreuse, turning green in color with distinctive rose spots and tinges of plum purple throughout the year. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

This is an herbaceous evergreen houseplant with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. Its extremely fine and delicate texture is quite ornamental and should be used to full effect. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Variegata Rosea Alternanthera can be expected to grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It does best in average to evenly moist soil, but will not tolerate standing water. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; an average potting soil should work just fine.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.

-- THIS IS A HOUSEPLANT AND IS NOT MEANT TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --

 
 
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