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Products > Iresine herbstii 'Brilliantissima'
Iresine herbstii 'Brilliantissima' - Bloodleaf

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranths)
Origin: Brazil (South America)
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Iresine herbstii 'Brilliantissima' (Bloodleaf) - A small shrub to 2 to 3 feet tall by as wide with semi-succulent cerise-colored stems and red oblanceolate leaves that are marked with lighter veins. Very tropical looking! Plant in full sun to light shade and give regular irrigation. Hardy to around 30 F This plant is used as an annual or container plant but will over winter in mild climates where it looks best if cut back in late winter. We received a plant with the variety name 'Acuminata' and it does indeed have acuminate leaves that are different from the more rounded leaves of the species. We have also purchased this plant as 'Brilliantissima' and there are also cultivar names such as 'Formosa' and 'Wallisii' that may be used for this plant. This plant comes tropical South America and was thought to originally have been collected in Brazil. The name for the genus comes from the Greek word eiresione meaning "a wreath" or "staff of wood wrapped in wool" ('erios' means "wool") in reference to the wooly hairs on the calyces. The specific epithet was authored in 1864 by William Jackson Hooker, the first director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, to honor Hermann Carl Gottlieb Herbst. Herbst was director of the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Gardens in Brazil but had worked at Kew when he introduced this plant to English gardens. Other common names include Beefsteak Plant and Chicken Gizzard Plant.  This description is based on research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Iresine herbstii 'Brilliantissima'.