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The Alternanthera dentate is also known as the purple knight plant. It belongs to the family Amaranthaceae. It is native to tropical and subtropical areas of central and South America. The dark-leaved tropical foliage is grown in flower beds, borders of gardens or as a container plant.
The Alternanthera dentata is famously known as the purple knight plant. It hails from the Amaranthaceae family.
The purple knight plant is a native of tropical and subtropical regions of central and South America.
It is widely cultivated to produce an alluring look in flower beds and gardens. It is also used as a container plant.
The purple knight plant is unable to tolerate frost. Therefore, it must be planted after the last spring frost.
The purple knight plant can grow up to a maximum height of 3 feet and spreads up to 1 to 3 feet of area.
The purple knight plant should be exposed to full sun for perfect growth.
The plant also grows well if it is planted in a region that receives partial shade.
The plant should not be allowed to stand in water as it leads to root rot.
The plant should be supplied with ample of water during summer.
The plant is intolerable towards drought conditions and lack of water.
The purple knight plant requires the application of a balanced organic fertiliser once in a week.
The plant prefers more amount of fertilisers during the growing season.
The plant prefers consistently moist soil throughout the year.
The purple knight plant often remains unaffected by pests.
Occasionally, spider, mites and Fusarium wilt may cause problems.
The purple knight plant is easy to propagate. The ideal method of propagation is by the help of germination of seedlings.
The seedlings must be shown when the temperature lies between 55 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
The dark purple coloured foliages of the purple knight plant make it suitable to be used in flower beds, garden borders and containers for ornamental purposes.
They also make an excellent hedge and can be used as a contrast to other plants.