Feb 26, 2016 - Explore Angel's board "Iresine herbstii" on Pinterest. Find more gardening information on Gardening Know How: Keep up to date with all that's happening in and around the garden. You will see lots of weak, leafy growth and It also makes a lovely houseplant. Beefsteak Plant (Iresine herbstii) In search of a proven winner? It also is makes a colorful addition to container plantings. Deep purple, nearly black glossy leaves and a low-growing habit. For glossy, bright red foliage, you can’t beat the Iresine bloodleaf plant. Here are two exceptional cultivars to watch for: Bloodleaf plants enjoy high heat and humidity, and you can grow them outdoors year round in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 and 11. 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. If you see someone take a plant, please let a staff member know. ... Easy to care for - just plant in full sun and you can practically forget about it. Iresine bloodleaf plants are native to Brazil where they thrive in warm temperatures and bright sunlight. tall. The flowers aren’t particularly attractive, and supporting flowers depletes energy that would otherwise go toward growing dense foliage. Heart-shaped leaves are brilliant maroon, almost black, with wide arching veins of red. That's right off the tag! I found one this year that is very pretty. In their native environment, the plants reach heights of up to 5 feet (1.5 m.) with a spread of 3 feet (91 cm. I purchased 2 of them on sale (as usual!) Leaf colors run from purple to red, bronze, and green, with light or yellowish midrib and veins. All Rights Reserved. Broadleaf Sign up for our newsletter. Growing bloodleaf in full sun results in better color. Purple Lady spreads 3 to 4 feet and it fills in nicely and will cascade as it gets longer and heavier. Whether you are growing bloodleaf as a houseplant or bringing it indoors for winter, pot it up in a loamy, soil-based potting mixture. IRESINE herbstii 'Purple Lady' Overview; Images; Care and Maintenance; Planting. Try this heirloom variety for accenting summer containers. They appreciate being fed with a high nitrogen liquid fertilizer roughly every two to three weeks during their growing season They are very thirsty plants and need to be watered frequently. Native to Brazil, its as vibrant as the culture. Very good in mixed containers and hanging baskets and also excellent solo hanging basket plant (use 3-5 plants per small basket). If it becomes leggy, then it probably isn’t getting enough light. specialty (labeled for your specific plant type) or a generic N-P-K (nitrogen Iresine likes well-drained, moderately fertile soil. IIresine herbstii 'Brilliantissima' (Bloodleaf) - A fast growing small shrub typically growing to 3 to 4 feet tall by as wide but able to grow a bit larger with semi-succulent cerise-colored stems and red oblanceolate leaves that are marked with lighter veins. Echo the color of the leaves with other burgundy or chartreuse … Care . and they have done very well in partial shade. A bold, upright plant similar in appearance to Coleus, Iresine makes a statement in the garden with its striking foliage. ), but when grown as annuals or potted plants they only grow 12 to 18 inches (30-46 cm.) Seeds Iresine. Purple Lady A great container and hanging basket plant. 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