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Alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides)

Alligatorweed (Alternanthera Philoxeroides) http://www.sagebud.com/alligatorweed-alternanthera-philoxeroides
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Alternanthera Philoxeroides, or more commonly know as Alligatorweed, is a forb/herb (a forb/herb is a non-woody plant that is not a grass) with green foliage and white flowers of the genus Alternanthera. It has a rapid growth rate and a height of 0.2 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is spring, blooms during early spring, is somewhat tolerant of shade and is routinely available commercially. Alternanthera Philoxeroides or Alligatorweed's floral region is North America US Lower 48 and Puerto Rico, specifically in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

  • Category: Dicot
  • Genus: Alternanthera
  • Family: Amaranthaceae
  • Order: Caryophyllales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Forb/herb
  • Native Status: L48 (I) PR (I)
  • State Noxious Status: AL (CCW) AZ (PNW) CA (AW) FL (PAP1) SC (ILAP PP) TX (NP)
  • State Noxious Common Name: AL (alligatorweed) AZ (alligatorweed) CA (alligatorweed) FL (alligatorweed green lead plant) SC (alligatorweed alligatorweed pigweed) TX (alligatorweed)
  • PLANTS Invasive Status: FLEPPC SEEPPC STATE SWSS
  • National Wetland Indicator Status: OBL
  • Regional Wetland Indicator Status: 1(OBL) 2(OBL) 6(OBL) 0(OBL) C(OBL)
  • Active Growth Period: Spring
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: Slow
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • C:N Ratio: Medium
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: No
  • Fire Resistance: Yes
  • Flower Color: White
  • Flower Conspicuous: No
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Porous
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Porous
  • Foliage Texture: Medium
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: No
  • Growth Form: Stoloniferous
  • Growth Rate: Rapid
  • Height Mature (feet): 0.2
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Short
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Prostrate
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: High
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Drought Tolerance: Low
  • Fertility Requirement: Low
  • Fire Tolerance: None
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 200
  • Hedge Tolerance: None
  • Moisture Use: High
  • pH (Minimum): 4.8
  • pH (Maximum): 7.7
  • Planting Density per Acre Minimum: 1700
  • Planting Density per Acre Maximum: 4800
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 40
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 60
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 10
  • Salinity Tolerance: Low
  • Shade Tolerance: Intermediate
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -3
  • Bloom Period: Early Spring
  • Commercial Availability: No Known Source
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Spring
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: Yes
  • Propagated by Bare Root: No
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: No
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: No
  • Propagated by Seed: No
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: Yes
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 0
  • Seed Spread Rate: None
  • Small Grain: No
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: Rapid




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