Plant Finder


Alternanthera dentata Little Ruby

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Alternanthera dentata Little Ruby LRU30,

Native: Foliage Type:
No Evergreen

Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Groundcovers, Hedging / Screening, Shrubs Rounded, Spreading

Little Ruby™ is the perfect mounding ground cover with a compact, spreading habit. It has stunning deep burgundy foliage that makes it a stand out plant. It is a third the size of common Alternanthera dentata. Dimensions: Approximately 30-40cm tall x 60-90 cm wide. Uses: Ground cover, border plant, containers.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
30-60cm 60cm-1m

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun, Semi Shade Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Borders / Shrubbery, Foliage Feature / Colour, Formal Garden, Groundcover, Hedging / Screening, Low Water Garden, Mass Planting, Rockery, Container / Pot

Pests & Diseases: Generally trouble free

Cultural Notes: Best planted in full sun to part shade. Little Ruby™ loves humidity. In cold climates, plant in a sheltered position to protect from frost. Keep moist in dry weather. For best results in light to moderately frost affected areas, prune and use a good slow release fertiliser at the following time of year: For VIC, SA, WA and Southern NSW - Prune early March For Sydney and Central NSW - Prune late March For Northern NSW, QLD and NT - Prune Early April Pruning and fertilising at this time will help Little Ruby™ Alternanthera perform better over winter and look it's best in spring. In frost affected areas if they do get burnt over winter, simply prune affected foliage at the beginning of spring. Information & Images courtesy of Ozbreed.

Plant Care
Annual slow release fertiliser, Keep moist during dry periods, Mulch well

Family Name: Origin:
Amaranthaceae SouthAmerica

Foliage Colour: Purple
Flower Colour: White
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: Spring
Fruit: Insignificant

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Moderate
Maintenance Level: Low
Water Usage: Low
Drought: High
Frost: Tender
Wind: Medium / Moderate