PlantsIresine→Beefsteak Plant (Iresine diffusa f. herbstii 'Brilliantissima')

Botanical names:
Iresine diffusa f. herbstii Accepted
Iresine herbstii Synonym

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 1 to 2 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 20, 2021 11:11 AM

This a red-purple leaved cultivar of the Herbst Chicken-Gizzard-Plant from Brazil where it is a tropical perennial. This and other such red-leaved cultivars are called Beefsteak-Plant or Bloodleaf. I have only seen them sold at some of the larger, diverse nurseries or garden centers in the Midwest or East USA that have a large selection of annuals. Most people don't know this plant, so one only finds it occasionally planted as a pot plant or a bedding annual. It makes a good houseplant if it is really warm and bright in a building. It likes full sun and moist soil; not happy if it gets too dry.

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