Brazilian Red Hot AlternantheraWednesday, July 08, 2009
Brazilian Red Hot Alternanthera is a tropical plant that is often used as an accent plant. Many gardens have accent plants to create borders, focal points, contrasting foliage colour or as a companion to other plants or flowers.
As for me, I love the striking bright pink and purple colour of this plant. I have a few pots in the garden to create contrasting colour to other green foliages. They enhances the purple, red and green colour palette of my garden. This plant enjoys the sun but need to have moist soil all the time.
The plant is very easy to propagate. As soon as they grow taller, just cut the overgrown stem, pin it into the soil and it will just grow. The more I prune the plant, the more bushy it will get and I would just pin the stems back on to the same pot. This way, the plant just multiply more and more shoots and leaves.
This Alternanthera that I have is very closely related to Joyweed :-)