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IRESINE herbstii

Image of Iresine herbstii

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Amaranthaceae

Botanical Name

IRESINE herbstii

Plant Common Name

Bloodleaf

General Description

Iresine herbstii, which has strange common names like Herbst's bloodleaf, beefsteak plant and chicken gizzard, is a short-lived perennial that is native to Brazil. Its prized for its vibrantly colored foliage, which may be red, magenta, dark purple, yellow, orange or bright green with contrasting brightly colored veins, depending on the cultivar.

In the landscape it requires full sun and moist but well drained, fertile soil. In temperate climates Herbst's bloodleaf is grown as a tender perennial and makes a superb addition to containers, colorful annual beds and mixed sunny borders. It grows robustly and strongly in the hight heat and humidity associated with tropical areas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender 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

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No