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botanical name:
Alternanthera dentata 'Purple Knight'
Alternanthera dentata 'Purple Knight' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Calico Plant
synonyms:  Alternanthera ficoidea 'Purple Knight'
family:  Amaranthaceae
characteristics: perennial, ground-cover
height: 0.50m
width: 0.90m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: purple
flower colour:
stem/bark: purple
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 5°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Tropical perennial normally grown as an annual. Spreading habit with striking foliage of lance-shaped, dark purple leaves.

cultivation:
Moist, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade, darkest foliage colour in full sun. Needs warm growing conditions and thrives in heat.
Trim to maintain a compact shape.

propagation:
From seed, sown early in the year under protection, plant out when weather warms up.

usage:
Foliage plant for bedding and containers.
Can be used as ground cover in tropical gardens.

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