Alternanthera Reineckii – Plant Profile


Family: Amaranthaceae
Common Name: Water Hedge, Red Temple
Maximum Height: 10 inches to 20 inches or more
Leaf Size: ¼ inch by 1 inch to 2 inches
Stem Thickness: 1/10 inch to 1/5 inch
Light: Moderate to Strong
Temperature: 62 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit
pH: 5.0 to 8.0
Origin: South America
Water Hardness: Soft to Hard
Nutrients: Ample Nutrients; CO2 Recommended
Relative Growth 


Slow to Moderate

Plant Profile

There is a variety with a reddish color to the topside of the leaves and one with a more purplish hue. Strong light is important for strong red coloring. The leaf undersides can have a purplish tint. This Alternanthera species is relatively easy to grow and can be treated like most stem plants. Regular pruning is important for maintaining the optimal appearance as the lower portions of the stems will tend to lose leaves. The cuttings can be planted in place of stems that are losing leaves. Cutting a stem will encourage the stem to split at that node, which helps create more of a bushy appearance in a thick stand of these stems.