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Re: Alternanthera 'Red Threads'

The genus Alternanthera, does have annuals, perennials, and shrubs, so I took a further look and found:

Your Red Threads is a perennial (tender, though, Zone 11) so you probably could take it into the house for the winter. It may look awful by spring, but after it's been outside awhile would put on new growth. I guessing this from my experience with a similar item, Acalypha. I have grown Alternantheras, too, but no overwintered them.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 4:37 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Alternanthera 'Red Threads'

I bought this quite small plant at a spring plant sale because it
looked interesting.  It has filled a 12" pot and is quite handsome,
making quite a showing among my Artemisia 'Powis Castle' ,
white and red caladiums and pineapple sage in my container
garden in the breezeway.  But now that summer is ending, what
do I do with it?  The plant label only says sun or part shade =
doesn't give any other information.  Is it an annual? or hardy?
I don't know that I have space for it as a houseplant - I'm trying
to cut back a bit there already. It's not listed in my Taylor's
Encyclopedia of Garden Plants.

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