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IRESINE 'Blazin' Rose'

Image of Iresine 'Blazin' Rose'

James H. Schutte

Family

Amaranthaceae

Botanical Name

IRESINE 'Blazin' Rose'

Plant Common Name

Blazin' Rose Iresine, Bloodleaf, Irisine

General Description

One of several new cultivars that are redefining this old-fashioned foliage plant from South America, 'Blazin' Rose' brings color aplenty to gardens and containers with its large green, bronze, or burgundy leaves with fluorescent pink veins. The waxy, ovate leaves are borne in opposite pairs on fleshy erect neon-pink stems. Axillary or terminal spikes of inconspicuous greenish flowers are occasionally produced, and can be easily removed by pinching.

This showy-leaved annual or short-lived perennial does best in light shade and fertile well-drained soil. Leaves may burn in intense sunlight. Pinch back its stem tips to promote bushier growth. It pairs beautifully with yellow-leaved sweet potato vine, orange-flowered New Guinea impatiens, and other plants whose color or form contrasts with its brilliant foliage and upright habit. Use it in containers or as an edging or bedding plant. Propagate by late summer cuttings, which can be wintered over indoors.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Green, Pink, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Green, Pink, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Pink, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No