February 8, 2023
Iresine Herbstii - Brilliantissima

Iresine Herbstii - Brilliantissima

Iresine herbstii ‘Brilliantissima’ belongs to the family of Amaranthaceae plants. The red foliage is so striking that you don’t need flowers to brighten the garden. Iresine herbstii ‘Brilliantissima’ is also known as Herbst’s Bloodleaf, Beefsteak Plant, or Chicken Gizzard Plant.

It is a bushy, fast-growing sub-shrub. It is a tender perennial. They usually grow it as an annual. It is native to tropical South America. This plant was named in honor of Carl Gottlieb Herbst, the director of the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Gardens, in Brazil. William Jackson Hooker published it in 1864.

Iresine Herbstii - Brilliantissima
Iresine herbstii ‘Brilliantissima’

It is a really nice addition in borders, together with plants that have green foliage as well as silver-leaved plants. It can grow to 4ft or 1.2m tall. It has oval reddish leaves about 4in or 10cm long. The flowers are insignificant.

How to grow Iresine herbstii ‘Brilliantissima’:

It is easy to grow and low-maintenance. Plant them in containers or in bedding. Grow Iresine herbstii ‘Brilliantissima’ in the full sun or light shade. Plant it in rich, consistently moist but well-drained soil. It is generally disease-free and pest-free. Watch out for powdery mildew, aphids, and spider mites.

Iresine Herbstii - Brilliantissima
Iresine herbstii ‘Brilliantissima’
Iresine Herbstii - Brilliantissima
Iresine herbstii ‘Brilliantissima’ at Kew Gardens

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