Iresine herbstii Hook.


Family: Amaranthaceae

Genus: Iresine

Category: Perennial

Zones: 10 to 12

Size: 5' tall and 3' wide in tropical zones, smaller in pots

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Foliage plant - red stems and purple-red leaves, oval. Moist well-drained soil. Pinch to promote bushier growth. Stem cuttings will root easily.


Published in Gard. Chron. 654 in 1864.

Native to Brazil.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 4" pot in July 2013 at Nurseries Caroliniana and planted it in a pot with other tropicals. It got cold before I put it in the conservatory and did not come back.

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