For glossy, bright red foliage, you can’t beat the Iresine bloodleaf plant. Unless you live in a frost-free climate, you’ll have to grow this tender perennial as an annual or bring it indoors at the end of the season. It also makes a lovely houseplant.
Latin name : Iresine
Type of Plant : Flower
Sun Exposure : Full sun, part shade
Soil Type : Loamy, sandy
Set the plants out in the spring after all frost has passed. Plant in a location with full sun or partial shade and organically rich soil that drains freely. Growing bloodleaf in full sun results in better color.
For extra care, try to amend the bed with compost or manure before planting. This will help provide additional nutrients to the plant.
Keep the soil evenly moist all summer by watering every week in the absence of rain. Using a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch will help prevent any moisture from evaporating. Reduce the moisture in fall and winter if you are growing bloodleaf plants as perennials.
Pinch out the growth tips while the plants are young to promote a dense growth habit and attractive shape.
Bloodleaf (Iresine herbstii) is also called chicken-gizzard, beefsteak plants, or Formosa bloodleafs. Iresine bloodleaf plants are native to Brazil where they thrive in warm temperatures.