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Hemigraphis alternata
Red ivy Selandang dara Acanthaceae
 

Hemigraphis alternata, Red ivy, Selandang dara

 

Hemigraphis alternata, Red ivy, Selandang dara

There are more than 60 species of these annuals and evergreen perennials that occur in tropical Asia and Papua New Guinea.
They are strictly for warm-temperate and tropical gardens, where their excellent foliage forms and colors make them very valuable as ground covers.
Although not a major feature, their flowers are held in terminal heads.
Cultivation: Species of Hemigraphis enjoy good light, though not direct sun, and moist, well-drained soil.
Water well in summer.
Propagate from cuttings.
This creeping or trailing perennial has wonderful foliage of ivy-like, heart-shaped or oblong, deeply puckered, metallic, purplish gray leaves with wine red undersides and stems.
The white summer flowers hardly show at all.
Red ivy can be grown as a colorful ground cover.
Flowering colors: White

 

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