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  Alternanthera ficoidea 'White Carpet'
  Family Name : Amaranthaceae

  Synonyms : Alternanthera ficoidea 'Brazilian Snow', Alternanthera ficoidea 'Snow Carpet'

  Common Names : Brazilian Snow Flower, Brazilian Snowflower

  Chinese Name : 白苋草

 
Brazilian Snow Flower,Brazilian Snowflower
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
      True
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous; Creeper)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Plant Shape :
      Compact
      Maximum Height :
      0.2 m to 0.3 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      0.2 m to 0.3 m
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      [Others]: Ornamental shrub. Leaves silvery-green with irregular white margins, bumpy and puckered in appearance. Flowers creamy-greenish, inconspicuous, produced at leaf axils in head-like clusters with papery sepals.Grown for attractive foliage. Compact and low form makes plant an ideal groundcover for borders or in containers and terrariums. Prune away growing tips to encourage bushy growth. Leaves occasionally attacked by caterpillars.Leaves of certain shoots may sometimes revert to pure green form.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Saline Soils / Salt Spray, Fertile Loamy Soils, Easy to Grow, [Remarks] (Moderate salinity tolerance)
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, Flowerbed / Border, Skyrise / Balcony, Container Planting, Terrarium
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Silver Garden, Moonlight Garden
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Caterpillar Food Plant
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Moderate
      Planting Distance :
      0.2 m
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Moderate
      Pruning :
      Prune off growing tips regularly to keep plant compact and bushy.
      Diseases :
      Leaves attacked by caterpillars occasionally.
      Pest(s) :
      Associated with
      Propagation Method :
      Stem Cutting, Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green, Silver / Grey, White
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Opposite
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Oblong; Spathulate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire - Wavy / Undulate
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Obtuse
      Foliar Base :
      Cuneate
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Microphyll ( 2.25cm2 - 20.25 cm2 )
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Herbaceous
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Cream / Off-White, Green
      Flowering Period :
      Free-Flowering
      Flowering Habit :
      Polycarpic

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