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Scientific Name: Iresine herbstii
Pronunciation: ir-es-EYE-nee HAIRBS-tee-eye
Common Name: bloodleaf
Family Name: Amaranthaceae
Plant Type: Indoor foliage plant, Annual
Key ID Features: Red stems and oval purple-red leaves, up to 8 cm long, with notched tips and light red veins (requires full sun exposure for best foliage colour); florets very small, in panicles up to 50 cm long.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:0.6 - 1.0m
Origin: South America (Brazil)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 10: (-1 to 4 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google. Culivars shown may include I. 'Aureoreticulata' and I. ‘Brilliantissima’.
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation: Succulent
Surfaces: Glabrous
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Attenuate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Panicle
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Campanulate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Not showy, White, Green
Flower Time at Peak: Can flower any month
Additional Info: Rarely blooms in cultivation.
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Fruit insignificant
Bark or Stem Colour:

Propagation: Stem tip cuttings
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: Medium indoor temperature
Light Level:Medium indoor light level
Maintenance:Low maintenance plant
Other:Pinch tips to maintain shape and to promote bushier foliage.
Pest Susceptibility: Aphids or adelgids, Mildew, Mites, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant )
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