Brazilian Snow Alternanthera
Alternanthera ficoidea 'Brazilian Snow'
Brazilian Snow Alternanthera foliage
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Height: 6 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Other Names: Snow Queen, Snowflower, Joseph's Coat, Parrot Leaf
A mounding, dense plant presenting cupped and puckered green leaves with striking white edges; small white flowers in summer; likes sun and heat; great in containers or as an accent groundcover
Brazilian Snow Alternanthera's attractive glossy oval leaves remain dark green in color with showy white variegation throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Brazilian Snow Alternanthera is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Brazilian Snow Alternanthera is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Brazilian Snow Alternanthera will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Brazilian Snow Alternanthera is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.