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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
Tropical perennial normally grown as an annual. Spreading habit with striking foliage of lance-shaped, dark purple leaves.

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.

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

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

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