Compact richly-coloured popular ground cover - smaller, lower-growing, less vigorous than Alternanthera dentata with a more purple tone. Frost-free gardens only unless you treat it as a bedding annual; it thrives in humid subtropical gardens. Images show colour in overcast and sunny conditions. Fourth image shows Brazilian Red Hots (L) and Little Ruby (R) for colour comparison.
APPEARANCE: Purple-burgundy foliage on a compact spreading ground cover. Glows deep red when backlit by sunlight. USE IN: Plant in groups as a mass display of year-round leaf colour. Underplanting for brighly coloured flowering shrubs and trees. Suitable for pots. LOCATION: Plant in well drained soil in a full sun to partly shaded position in the garden. Needs a frost-free position in cooler climates.Thrives in humid conditions. CARE: Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks. Prune as necessary to keep tidy and encourage new growth. Fertilise with a slow release fertiliser in spring. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 30-40 cm H x 60-90 cm W. YOUR PLANTS: These plants are tube-stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide