Alternanthera dentata 'Royal Tapestry'

Calico Plant

Tips for Homeowners:

This plant does not like to dry out and will need to be watered regularly.  Pinch it back to refresh the foliage.

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What do you do with a plant that has rich colored foliage but no flower to speak of?  You plant it in gardens or mix it with other plants that do flower and sit back and enjoy.

  • Richly colored foliage
  • Loves the heat
  • Good choice for borders or hanging baskets

This is an annual that requires heat for the best foliage color, but does not like to go dry.  

Height: 15-24 in
Spread: 20-24 in
Zone: 9-10
Color: Burgundy

Interesting Notes about Calico Plant:

Alternanthera is a group of plants known best for their foliage color where flowers are insignificant.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Container
  • Specimen
  • Focal Point
  • Fast Growing
  • Mass Planting
  • Border or Bed
  • No Deadheading

Foliage Color:

  • Burgundy
  • Bronze
  • Purple


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun


  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Keep Well-Watered
  • Average Water