Little Ruby™ - A beautiful low growing ground-cover plant with vibrant burgundy foliage, Australian online nursery - The Plant Hub

Little Ruby™ - A beautiful low growing ground-cover plant with vibrant burgundy foliage

Little Ruby™ is a compact mounding foliage plant with deep burgundy foliage ideal for adding a splash of colour to the garden. It makes an ideal garden border plant, is great for rockeries, and can even be pruned to form a low compact hedge. Little Ruby is best suited to warm climates and is ideal for humid coastal gardens.

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Alternanthera dentata ‘LRU30’

Little Ruby™ Alternanthera dentata ‘LRU30’ is a compact form of Alternanthera and is approximately a third the height of the common form. While it is suited to warmer climates, it will grow in areas prone to light winter frost, provided it is has a sheltered position in the garden. During hot, dry weather, some watering will help it remain lush and looking great. It will benefit from being cut back at the end of winter well after the last frost to encourage new spring growth in all climates.

Height & Width

30 to 40cm high X 60 to 70cm wide

Flowers and Fruit

It has small whitish flowers, (they are not a strong feature of the plant).


Full sun to part shade. In full sun they remain compact and the foliage colour remains deep and vibrant. In shade the foliage and stem elongate and the plant is less compact

Soil Type

Fertile, moist, free draining soils are best


Trim the foliage when young to encourage multiple branching of the stems, this will help the plant remain compact.

Planting Rates

When creating a small compact hedge plant 4 per lineal metre. If mass planting use 4 to 5 per m2. Plant at 1 to 1.5 metre centres

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