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. You can see in the images the leaf size difference between dentata (on top) and Little Ruby (underneath). Another 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 wideIn WA or TAS? We can't ship this plant to you for state biosecurity reasons.