‘Yellow Form’ Alternanthera is an easy-to-grow, tropical plant with a fast-spreading habit and pointed, chartreuse-yellow leaves. It forms a mat of color from spring’s frost-free date to fall’s first frost. Like others of this genus, it makes a great edging, bedding, or container plant. In formal landscapes, it can be used in a knot garden. It looks great with dark-leaved plants.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsLikes heat. Bright golden, pointed leaves. Compact growth.
CareMay be grown as a houseplant or overwintered in a greenhouse. Outdoors, plant out after spring's last frost and grow in moist but well-drained soil and full sun for best leaf color. Can take partial shade. Pinch back to retain compact form.
PropagationSow seed at 55° to 64°F in spring or as soon as ripe. Divide in spring. Take cuttings in late summer.
ProblemsGenerally trouble-free, although spider mites and Fusarium wilt may occur.
- Genus : Alternanthera
- Zones : 11
- Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
- Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Bloom Time : Summer
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest