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Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) Profile

Written by Iris

Sep 01 2021

Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) Profile

Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) is a evergreen perennial of the family Amaranthaceae native to Brazil. Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) have red-purple leaf color and with red-purple veins vermeil. The Branch of Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) extends to down the ground.

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Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) Info

Botanical Name Iresine herbstii
Common Name Bloodleaf, chicken gizzard, beefsteak plant
Plant Type Herbaceous perennial
Mature Size 12 to 18 inches tall when potted
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Soil Type Loamy, soil-based potting mixture
Soil pH 5.6 to 5.9
Bloom Time Flowers not showy
 

Ecological Habits of Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf)

Iresine herbstii is a genus that contains about 30 species of flowering plants native to Brazil. Iresine herbstii occasionally produce small red leaves and are often variegated with green and white markings. Iresine herbstii can grow well indoors under grow lights. However, if the Iresine herbstii stem becomes too long and straggly, it could signify that the plant is not receiving enough light. In their natural environment, Iresine herbstii can reach a height of up to 5 feet (1.5 m) with a wide spread of 3 feet (91 cm). When grown as an indoor plant, Iresine herbstii only grow to be around 12 to 18 inches (30-46 cm). Smaller Iresine herbstii plants can grow well in partial shade but can tolerate more light as they grow.
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Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) Distribution Area

Bloodleaf (Iresine herbstii) is also called chicken-gizzard, beefsteak plant, or Formosa bloodleaf. Iresine bloodleaf plants are native to Brazil where they thrive in warm temperatures and bright sunlight. In their native environment, the plants reach heights of up to 5 feet (1.5 m.) with a spread of 3 feet (91 cm.), but when grown as annuals or potted plants they only grow 12 to 18 inches (31-46 cm.) tall.
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How to Grow and Care for Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf)

How to Grow Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf)

Iresine herbstii Propagation with Stem Cuttings

You can easily propagate Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) by using cuttings. For the best results, cut the fleshy tip of the stem early in the spring season. Be sure that the stem cutting measures at least 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 cm). Dip the end of the cutting into a rooting hormone and then root it in a container with moist perlite. Make sure to place this somewhere warm with a high humidity.
Cover the container with a plastic bag to keep the moisture in. You can remove it when the plant starts to form new growth. The cuttings will start to develop roots fairly easily. As mentioned earlier, it develops fast and responds well to pruning.
The Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) should be repotted once a year until it reaches its mature size. Afterward, it can be repotted every other year or propagated again to create new plants before being discarded. It is commonly used as a bedding plant in tropical landscapes. Growing them in a mixed container along with other tropical plants creates a colorful and lively arrangement.
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How to Care for Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf)

Light Care

Smaller plants tend to thrive in partial shade, but as they grow they can tolerate more light. Iresine herbstii are margin plants by nature, meaning they grow on the edge of forests and can withstand varied light levels. Iresine herbstii can tolerate less light in the winter months, so don't place them too close to a window. If the Iresine herbstii plant is getting leggy, however, it's probably not getting enough light.

Soil Care

When growing outdoors, organically rich, well-draining soil is Iresine herbstii's favorite. For indoor growth, though, use a loamy, soil-based potting mixture.

Water Care

The Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) needs to be watered thoroughly as it enjoys moist soil. In order to check if the Iresine herbstii plant needs to be watered, press your finger into the soil to a depth of about an inch (3 cm). If the soil feels dry, water deeply and drain out the excess fluid. Adding a 2 or 3-inch layer of organic mulch can help retain moisture in the soil. During the winter, you will need to water less but make sure that the soil does not completely dry out. Make sure to also drain the saucer under the pot around 20 minutes after watering because the roots of the plant could start rotting if left sitting in the fluid.

Temperature and Humidity Care

Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) cannot tolerate lower temperatures or cold, dry air,so they usually be called "warm house" plants. Iresine herbstii requires a temperature of at least 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Indoors, Iresine herbstii are best grown in places where often have warmth and humidity, for example, window boxes or bathrooms. If you put them in a glasshouse, Iresine herbstii will thrive there. Due to their low tolerance for cold, dry air, Iresine herbstii will need to be frequently misted and provided with adequate heat during the winter.

Fertilizer Care

Feed Iresine herbstii with a high-nitrogen liquid fertilizer every two to three weeks throughout the growing season.

Pruning Care

Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) will put out small, pale green-white flowers, but they're not showy. Therefore, most gardeners choose to pinch off the buds, so that the plant can divert its energy into growing its beautiful foliage.
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Uses of Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf)

Edible Uses

The leaves are squeezed in water in order to obtain a red dye used for colouring agar agar jellies.

Landscape Uses

Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) can be used as bedding plant, border plant and pot plant.
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Varieties of Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf)

There are dozens of species of Iresine herbstii, but only a few are grown for ornamental purposes.
Iresine herbstii 'Brilliantissima': Bright red leaves with pink veins
Iresine herbstii 'Aueoreticulata': Green leaves with yellow veins
Iresine herbstii 'Blazin Rose': Deep red-purple leaves with pinkish-red veins
Iresine herbstii 'Acuminata': Dark maroon leaves with pinkish-red veins
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Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) Common Pests/Diseases

 A Iresine herbstii Bloodleaf) plant is susceptible to infestations of aphids and spider mites, although healthy, properly maintained plants are more resistant. Aphids are tiny insects that congregate on the undersides and joints of leaves, where they suck the sap from the plant. Spider mites, which also suck the juices from the plant, are so tiny they are difficult to see with the naked eye. However, Iresine herbstii are evidenced by a stippled or Pepper appearance they leave on the foliage. Both are removed by regular application of an insecticidal soap spray or with a spray containing pyrethrin, a natural, plant-based substance. Although chemical pesticides are effective, they also kill beneficial insects such as ladybugs that feast on aphids and spider mites.

Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) Companion Plants

Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) is combined with other tropicals such as Bananas or Cordyline. Contrast with the flowers of Verbena, Calibrachoa, or Petunia.