Alternanthera variegata

Alternanthera variegata, also known as Joseph’s coat, is a popular ornamental plant that belongs to the Amaranthaceae family. It is native to South America but is now widely cultivated in many parts of the world.

The plant is known for its striking foliage, which is variegated with shades of green, pink, and cream. The leaves are elliptical in shape and are arranged in an opposite pattern along the stem. In the summer, the plant produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are surrounded by brightly colored bracts.

Alternanthera variegata is a low-growing, spreading plant that is well-suited to a variety of growing conditions. It prefers full sun to partial shade and can grow in a range of soil types, including sandy and clay soils. The plant is often used for landscaping, as it can be grown as a ground cover, in borders, or in containers.

In addition to its ornamental value, Alternanthera variegata is also used in traditional medicine to treat a range of ailments, including respiratory problems, skin disorders, and digestive issues. The plant contains compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and may also have antimicrobial effects.

Overall, Alternanthera variegata is a beautiful and versatile plant that is well-suited to a range of growing conditions. Its attractive foliage, ease of care, and medicinal properties make it a popular choice for both landscaping and traditional medicine.

Mature Size / Spread / Form  

25cm / Compact

Foliage Color

Mid-green / Blue, White

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