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RED-LEAVED ALTERNANTHERA

(Alternanthera brasiliana ‘Rubiginosa’ prev. A. dentata ‘Rubiginosa’, fam. Amaranthaceae)

Alternanthera brasiliana ‘Rubiginosa’ prev. A. dentata ‘Rubiginosa’ Alternanthera brasiliana ‘Rubiginosa’ prev. A. dentata ‘Rubiginosa’ Alternanthera brasiliana ‘Rubiginosa’ prev. A. dentata ‘Rubiginosa’ Alternanthera brasiliana ‘Rubiginosa’ prev. A. dentata ‘Rubiginosa’ Alternanthera brasiliana ‘Rubiginosa’ prev. A. dentata ‘Rubiginosa’
Herbaceous perennial, commonly planted in both amenity and home gardens to provide year-round colour.
Form or habit: Herb
Latex:Absent
Leaf:Simple Opposite

Dark green to purple leaves, tapered at each end, become red to purplish the more sunlight they receive.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: White to creamy
Flower description:Many small papery flowers in axillary ‘heads’.
Fruit conspicuous: Inconspicuous
Fruit colour:
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: Tiny, one-seeded dry fruit; long lived.
Habitat:
Distribution:
Food source for:
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Origin:Sub-tropical America
Weed:Yes
Weed status:Environmental/garden escapee
Notes:Spread by: Garden waste, self layers and grows from cuttings and seed.

Invades/threats: Environmentally sensitive areas with well drained but moist soils, creek lines, open forests and disturbed areas - particularly around garden waste dumping sites. Is capable of forming dense populations that dominate the ground layer.

Still being used in horticulture.
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