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    Party Time Alternanthera

    Alternanthera ficoidea 'Party Time'

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    Party Time Alternanthera (Alternanthera ficoidea 'Party Time') at Hartman Companies

    Party Time Alternanthera foliage

    Party Time Alternanthera foliage

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    Height:  12 inches

    Spread:  18 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

    Other Names:  Joseph's Coat, Parrot Leaf

    Ornamental Features

    Party Time Alternanthera's attractive glossy pointy leaves remain dark green in color with showy rose variegation throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Party Time Alternanthera is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant. The flowers of this plant may actually detract from its ornamental features, so they can be removed as they appear. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Party Time Alternanthera is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Border Edging
    • General Garden Use
    • Container Planting
    • Hanging Baskets

    Planting & Growing

    Party Time Alternanthera will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

    This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

    Party Time Alternanthera is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

     
     
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    Characteristics
    Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
    Applications
    Foliage Color  Texture 
    Ornamental Features
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