Q: Can you identify this small plant for me? I purchased it last spring. There was no information tag attached. All the garden center could tell me was that it’s a good border plant. It’s now 18″ wide and 10″ tall. I love the unusual look of the leaves, as well as the beautiful color. As you can see from the photo, it is now covered with small white blooms. Will it keep its leaves over the winter?
A: Your plant is Joseph’s Coat, Alternanthera ficoidea. Sadly, it definitely will not overwinter outdoors. You can try rooting 4 inch cuttings. Place a couple of them in a glass of water in a sunny window. Or you can build my propagation warmer
and root the cuttings in sterile soil.