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Care of the plant Alternanthera ficoidea or Brazilian Snow Flower.

Care of the plant Alternanthera ficoidea or Brazilian Snow Flower

The genus Alternanthera, family Amaranthaceae, comprises 140 species of herbaceous plants distributed on all continents. Some species are: Alternanthera phycoidea, Alternanthera pungens, Alternanthera nodiflora, Alternanthera sessilis, Alternanthera philoxeroides, Alternanthera tenella.

Common names: Brazilian Snow Flower, Bloodleaf, Calico Plant, Copperleaf, Joseph's Coat, Joyweed, Parrot Leaf. This species is native to native to tropical regions of America.

They are perennial herbaceous plants of creeping or covering size that reach 0.5 meters in height. The leaves are purple and ovate-lanceolate in shape. The flowers have no ornamental interest: they are white and small.

These easy-to-grow tropical plants are used on borders to contrast with other plants and to create colored patches on the lawn. They are also used in flowerpots for terraces, patios and balconies or as houseplants.

Alternanthera phycoea needs full sun exposure but can also be grown in light shade. It does not tolerate frost; in winter it is better that the temperature does not drop below 13-15 ºC.

The soil must be well drained, contain organic matter and be light. Planting is done in spring.

Water regularly in spring and summer, waiting for the soil to dry (never water); in winter water very moderately.

Fertilize every 15 days with mineral fertilizer during spring and with compost or humus in autumn.

They do not need pruning but tolerate formation cuts to give them a more compact appearance.

They can be attacked by fungal diseases if there are excess of humidity.

They easily propagate from cuttings.

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Alternanthera ficoidea
Alternanthera ficoidea
Alternanthera ficoidea
Alternanthera ficoidea
 

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