How to grow Alternanthera bettzickiana

Alternanthera bettzickiana grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Alternanthera also known as Parrot-leaf or Sanguinarea, Alternanthera bettzickiana perennial evergreen or cold annual plant, can grow as edible plant but mostly used as ornamental plant for the colored leaves, can be used as ground cover plant and also in grow pond or aquarium, can grow in tropic, subtropical, mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ as perennial and in the right care also 10a or as annual 4+.

Leaves edible color can be: green, pink, yellow, orange, white, red, purple, magenta or multicolor the leaves fleshy in the shape elliptic to oval the structure are wavy to curly.

Alternanthera bettzickiana flower

Flower color white or yellow the flower in pompon shape.

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How to grow Alternanthera bettzickiana growing and care:

Humidity, frost free, moist soil, rich soil, wet land and possible to grow it in aquarium or on ponds, the plant grow better in rich soil with organic matter

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed (mostly not viable and see explanation bellow) / Vegetative Reproduction – cutting, cut stem and put in water over time it will grow the roots, care that it’s not rot if it is start to rot take it out of the water and put it in moist soil and even better wet soil.

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, because of the low viability of the seeds

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Recommended planting season?
Spring to autumn, as annual planting in spring, in hardiness zone 9-10a spring to summer, hardiness zone 10b-11 spring to summer, all year in hardiness zone 12+

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, ants

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead branches

Size of the plant?
30-50cm (12-20 inches) mostly grow wide

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water, better not to let the soil dry

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No, but possible to grow indoor over winter to protect the plant (because it’s hard to grow from seeds), usually grow indoor in aquarium with light

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container, possible to use potting soil,  water regularly care that the soil won’t be dry, to put rich soil and organic matter, also possible to grow inside aquarium

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower:
Flower color white or yellow the flower in pompon shape.

Pollination is done by:

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year

How to harvest the leaves?
After establishes cut the leaves with the branches

Information about leaves:
Leaves fleshy in the shape ovate to shapeless the structure is wavy to curly and the color can be: green, pink, yellow, orange, white, red, purple, magenta or multicolor

Uses of Alternanthera bettzickiana leaves:
Eat raw, cooked, stir fry, salad

Grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Find viable seeds (be aware that it’s hard to find)

Saving and care seeds until sowing:
Dark and dry location

Sowing season:
Spring in places of hot summer / Summer in half shade will be better or even in full shade

Planting spacing:
20*30cm, 8-12 inches

Depth of Sowing:
0.5-1cm (0.25-0.5 inch)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, high humidity, morning sun

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
1-2 month

Condition of seedling:
Moist soil, put mulch in order to keep the moist, high humidity

Scientific name:

Alternanthera bettzickiana

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Leaf color

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone