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Beefsteak Plant, Bloodleaf, Chicken Gizzard 'Brilliantissima'

Iresine herbstii

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Iresine (ir-es-EYE-nee) (Info)
Species: herbstii (HAIRBS-tee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Brilliantissima



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us


Grown for foliage


This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Marino, California

Bonita Springs, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Wichita, Kansas

Freehold, New Jersey

Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Collierville, Tennessee

Johnson City, Texas

Fairfax, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 6, 2014, tonster76 from Perth
Australia wrote:

Roots quickly, sat in a pot in the garden bed and it sent out 30cm roots from all 4 holes in a month. Transplanted it to the ground roughly, doubled in size over the next two weeks. Water 3 times a week and surviving hot Australian summer.

The white butterflies seem to love it almost as much as the mint - so it got stripped well and recovered. Very hardy. Droops a lot when watered and wet - but no issues.


On Jul 4, 2008, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

not really sure how this variety of Iresine differs from other red-pink-leaved varieties, but perhaps this is a taller one? I the label I got on my plant said it grew to 18", yet the plant that came in the pot was already 30" tall, and it has since grown to 6' (though very stretch from perhaps a bit too much shade). I ditto the comments about watering.. it does have a lot of 'give' when it comes to dehydrating it, and comes back in just an hour.


On Sep 4, 2006, MandMplants from Fairfax, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

A great plant for those of us who can not tell when to water. If the plant needs water the leaves start to droop and if not watered within one day the whole plant begins to droop. The good news is that after watering a badly drooping plant it perks up in about two hours and is fine in about 6 hours. Beside the ease of care, the best thing is the color of the leaves.


On Jul 4, 2005, Sweetvegan from Freehold, NJ wrote:

Very beautiful dark pinkish-purpleish-red foliage. Thrives in my shady north-facing windowbox that gets only 2 hours of sun per day in the late afternoon.