ALTERNANTHERA, dentata - Joseph’s Coat
Alternanthera dentata - Joseph's Coat

 ALTERNANTHERA, dentata Joseph’s Coat 
 al-ter-nan’the-rå den-ta’tå Annual  Easy

Amaranthaceae; native to West Indies and Brazil.

Germination: For best results, sow indoors leaving the seeds uncovered and maintaining temperatures of 68° F nights and 86° F days, or sow outdoors in late spring, barely covering of seeds. Seed germinates in 7-10 days, indoors or out.

Growth: After danger of frost is past, plant in full sun to light shade in moist, well-drained soil. Alternanthera prefers a warm to hot climate.

Appearance and Use: A dramatic foliage plant for beds, borders, and containers, these upright, spreading plants reach 16-20 inches tall and spread up to 3 feet wide. Smooth purple foliage is oval and pointed, 4 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide, darkening dramatically with exposure to heat. In partial shade, the leaf color is burgundy-bronze.

 

Gardeners' Quotes

"You can tell which diseases tomatoes are resistant to by looking for letters such as V, F, N and T after the name of the tomato.  Each letter represents a problem the plant is bred to resist, and the more letters the better!"

---from Orene Horton's book, "Clippings from Orene's Garden"---