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IRESINE herbstii 'Brilliantissima'

Image of Iresine herbstii 'Brilliantissima'

John Rickard

Family

Amaranthaceae

Botanical Name

IRESINE herbstii 'Brilliantissima'

Plant Common Name

Bloodleaf

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Iresine herbstii, which has strange common names like beefsteak plant and chicken gizzard, is a short-lived perennial native to Brazil that is grown as a tender perennial in temperate climates. Its prized its vibrantly colored, often variegated foliage of red, yellow, orange or bright green that usually has veins in contrasting colors. Stems are colored also in red, purple, or green. In the landscape it requires full sun and well-drained but moist, fertile soil.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Native To

    Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • 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, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No