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Iresine herbstii (Herbst's bloodleaf)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
0.9m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Iresine herbstii

Other names

Herbst's bloodleaf, Herbst's blood leaf, Beef plant, Beefsteak plant, Chicken gizzard

Genus

Iresine Iresine

Species

I. herbstii - I. herbstii is a tender, erect, bushy annual or short-lived, evergreen perennial with rounded to broadly ovate, waxy, maroon leaves with bright pink veins. Inconspicuous, greenish-white flowers rarely bloom in cultivation.


Iresine herbstii is: Evergreen

Habit

Erect, Bushy

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Greenish-white in Summer

Foliage

Reddish pink, Variegated, Bright-pink, Maroon in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Aphids , Red spider mite (box and other) Glasshouse red spider mite , Aphids , Red spider mite (box and other)

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pinch out shoots to promote a bushy habit. Cut back hard in early spring.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Iresine herbstii (Herbst's bloodleaf) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.9m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Indoor, Containers, Conservatory, Beds and borders, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light & shaded from hot sun. In growth, water freely & feed monthly. Grow outdoors in frost-free areas in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun. In cold areas, treat as an annual or overwinter indoors.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Iresine herbstii

Other names

Herbst's bloodleaf, Herbst's blood leaf, Beef plant, Beefsteak plant, Chicken gizzard

Genus

Iresine Iresine

Species

I. herbstii - I. herbstii is a tender, erect, bushy annual or short-lived, evergreen perennial with rounded to broadly ovate, waxy, maroon leaves with bright pink veins. Inconspicuous, greenish-white flowers rarely bloom in cultivation.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Erect, Bushy

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Greenish-white in Summer

Foliage

Reddish pink, Variegated, Bright-pink, Maroon in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Aphids , Red spider mite (box and other)

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pinch out shoots to promote a bushy habit. Cut back hard in early spring.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Iresine herbstii (Herbst's bloodleaf) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.9m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Indoor, Containers, Conservatory, Beds and borders, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light & shaded from hot sun. In growth, water freely & feed monthly. Grow outdoors in frost-free areas in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun. In cold areas, treat as an annual or overwinter indoors.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 12, Zone 11, Zone 10

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Iresine herbstii (Herbst's bloodleaf)

Common pest name

Acorn disease; Citrus little leaf; Citrus stubborn disease; Little leaf of citrus; Stubborn disease of citrus

Scientific pest name

Spiroplasma citri

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Bacterial pest affecting citrus and field vegetables now present in parts of the EU. Carrots are the main crop potentially at risk; but main vectors responsible for transmission are unlikely to establish in the UK. EU regulations should be updated to reflect extended host range. Industry may be interested in pursuing research to investigate impacts on field vegetables.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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