Alternanthera Plum Dandy™
Alternanthera Plum Dandy™

Alternanthera Plum Dandy™

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Alternanthera
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Height: 10-16"
Spacing: 12-14" Read our Growing Guide
Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
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Add plum-colored contrast to the edges of borders and containers with this beguiling foliage plant. The small leaves are a rich purple that stand out easily alongside green- or silver-leaved companions. The heat-tolerant plants form low mounds that are ideal for softening the edges of patios or walkways.

The genus Alternanthera contains more than 100 species of brilliantly colored foliage plants in the Amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. The foliage of different varieties are strongly marked with white, yellow, pink, and coppery red. For more information on growing and care, click on Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



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Growing guide

Growing guide

Latin Name Pronunciation: all-ter-nan-'ther-ah 

Bright foliage is the big reason for growing these annuals and tender perennials from tropical and semi-tropical regions of Central and South America. The handsome leaves decorate containers and summer borders and make a real splash when used lavishly as a ground cover in frost-free areas. In winter, Alternantheras enjoy sunny windows, and cuttings can be easily propagated to embellish next summer's garden.

Light/Watering: Grown in full sun. Water thoroughly after planting in the garden, and give a new plant a good soaking once a week during summer, unless rainfall is plentiful (more than 1in per week). In containers, keep soil evenly moist; during winter when the plant is not in active growth, water when the top ½ in. of potting mix is dry to the touch.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly from spring through fall. Grow in moist, well-drained soil.

Continuing Care: Pinch tips to keep plant bushy. Treat as an annual in cold climates. Spider mites and wilt may be problems.

For information on planting and care of annuals, click How to grow annuals.

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