Wow! Such an intense rich tropical colour for a plant that's totally frost-hardy. We'd love to see this planted alongside a dark-leaved groundcover like Purple Pixie. A little dappled shade and a little extra water in summer, and they're happy. If you love alternanthera but get frost, heucheras are a fantastic choice, and Fire Alarm is one of the more heat-tolerant heucheras too.
DESCRIPTION: Dense, mounding herbaceous perennial with scalloped leaves that change colour through shades of coral orange to deep red-maroon foliage with light and temperature. Long slender stems topped with tiny bell-shaped flowers in mid-spring and summer. USE IN: Garden beds and borders, cottage and informal gardens, underplanting. This variety has H. villosa parentage helping it to cope with heat and humidity much better than other varieties. LOCATION: Plant in part sun to dappled or part shade in moist but well-drained soil. Plant heucheras slightly proud of the soil, so the centre of the plant is raised above the soil level. Totally frost-hardy. Will need more watering in full sun or warmer gardens during summer to keep those leaves lush. CARE: Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks, and again each spring. Cut back any dead or untidy foliage in spring to make room for new growth, and give it fresh mulch. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 20 - 25 cm H x 45 - 50 cm W. YOUR PLANTS: These are tube-stock plants, young healthy plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80 mm x 42 mm wide. May be supplied as 'plugs', slightly smaller than our usual tubestock but with a healthy root system ready for planting or potting on.