I am filling in my front garden with this beautiful perennial plant. I think I've shown it before on this blog, but now I am rooting cuttings in water and sticking them in, to really fill in the whole area. Here is a picture from the top. The immature leaves are green, turning a dark purple as they get larger. The magic is in the underside of the leaves...
Sorry this pic is so blurry, but you can see how gorgeous the underside of the leaves is! More of a dark fushia shade...kinda glossy.....
I can hardly wait to see the area all full and lush!
Here is what EHow.com has to say about it:
"Alternanthera dentata 'Purple Knight', a cultivar valued for its rich purple leaves, forms attractive spreading mounds of foliage up to 3 feet wide. Native to tropical and subtropical areas of the Americas, Alternanthera 'Purple Knight' performs best in warm climates and thrives in USDA hardiness zones 10 through 11. In cooler areas of the country, gardeners often grow the plant as an annual, or plant it in a container for overwintering indoors".
Today we took a little road trip to Monkey Jungle down in Miami, and as we were leaving the area, we came across what looked like an entrance to an old ranch...with this carved snake in the entryway. Isn't it cool???
So much for my big adventures around here. Am off 3 days from my new job...trying to have a little fun, hopefully have a little beach picnic with the grandkids tomorrow on Memorial Day. Hope you are all having nice weekends!