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Iresine herbstii 'Brilliantissima'

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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tonster76 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.

Neutral palmbob 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.

Positive MandMplants 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.

Positive Sweetvegan 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.


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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