Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Alternanthera ficoidea, Party Time, Joseph's Coat

Common Name: Joseph's Coat

Family: Amaranthaceae

Genus: Alternanthera

Species: ficoidea

Cultivar or Variety: Party Time

Characteristics of Plant
The bright hot-pink and green foliage makes this plant stand out in your garden. A mass planting will surely draw eyes to it.

This is a shade loving plant. It will do well in full or part-shade. It will take some sun, but I recommend morning or evening sun. No hot afternoon sun, especially in the South. If in full sun, it should receive no more than three hours.

Its upright, yet mounded habit does not require pruning. A fairly maintenance free plant that flowers late spring through the fall.

This is a PP#14789 plant. This means that you must purchase rooted cuttings to get a true plant. Any seed, if produced at all, will not come true to the Mother Plant.

Life Cycle

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 8
Zone 9
Zone 10

Endangered Species


When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Mid Spring

Germination Temperature
60-70 F

Seed Sowing Depth

Seed Needs Light to Germinate

Days to Germination
10-14 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun
Part Sun/ Part Shade

Plant Height
1- 2 feet

Plant Form


Bloom Form
Above Foliage

Nutritional Needs

Reproduces By
Stem Fragments

Additional Uses

(Image by poisondartfrog)
"Party Time"
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"More Party Time"
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Posted by poisondartfrog on Aug 10, 2014 4:10 AM CST:
You can dig this plant up or take cuttings in late summer to winter over indoors.

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