Beefsteak Plant, Bloodleaf, Chicken Gizzard
Iresine herbstii 'Aureoreticulata'

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

Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Chartreuse/Yellow

Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Variegated

Veined

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Bessemer, Alabama

Irvington, Alabama

Maumelle, Arkansas

San Leandro, California

Simi Valley, California

Williams, California

Atlanta, Georgia

Snellville, Georgia

Livermore, Kentucky

Clinton, Mississippi

Raleigh, North Carolina

Sulphur, Oklahoma

Columbia, South Carolina

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Beaumont, Texas

Weslaco, Texas

Falls Church, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 29, 2011, JeannieBeannie from Saint Paul, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a great plant in the garden. I have tried many times to propagage by root cuttings, but have had poor luck. In water, in vermiculite, in potting soil, with and without rooting hormone - the result is always the same. Does anyone know of a special trick to successfully rooting this plant?

Positive

On Mar 20, 2010, roboespy from El Paso, TX wrote:

I GOT THIS PLANT IN THE WAL-MART. IT WAS ABOUT 4" AND I PLANTED IT IN A MEDIUM SIZE POT. I HAVE IT BY MY BEDROOM WINDOW AND IT GETS SOME SUN. I WATER IT EVERY OTHER DAY AND IT HAS GROWN ABOUT 4' AND IT'S LIKE A VINE-IT KEEPS ON GOING-ALL THE WAY TO THE CEILING. I LOVE IT BECAUSE IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SEEMS TO REQUIRE VERY LITTLE CARE. THE LEAVES ARE VERY GREEN AND HAS HOT PINK STRIPS-VERY UNUSUAL AND VERY PRETTY. I HAVE A STAKE TO HOLD IT UP AND A MATCHING BOW & RIBBON. I LOVE TO HAVE BOWS ON MY PLANTS. I AM NO MEANS AN EXPERT ON PLANT BUT I DO WELL WITH SOME OF THEM. THANKS ESPY IN EL PASO, TX.

Positive

On Jan 25, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Aureoreticulata' has mid-green leaves with yellow veining and striking red stems. It's gorgeous in mass plantings.