Iresine Herbstii Brilliantissima


Iresine Herbstii 'Brilliantissima', aka Bloodleaf, Chicken-Gizzard, or Beefsteak Plant, is a fascinating plant that can be grown as an annual outside during the summer or as a houseplant throughout the year. It most likely gets its common name from the glossy, beet-red leaves with neon-pink veins, a true statement plant for the home if you ask us!

They enjoy some direct sun, but they'll also do well in bright, indirect light. It is best to place this plant somewhere where it will receive some nice morning sun, or a couple hours of afternoon sun, and then indirect light the rest of the day.

They will do best in bright light. A nice bright place inside your home would be on the window sill or a stool that is right next to a window, either with or without blinds, depending on if the plant can handle sun. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.

They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.

They will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate a little bit of humidity if provided, give them a mist daily or get a humidifier.

Although they can handle medium humidity levels, they do require warmth, but keep them away from drafts! They can start to get a little droopy when they are thirsty but try to avoid letting them get excessively dry because this can lead to leaf loss and brown edges. To encourage healthy leaf growth, prune your plant back in the spring when it starts to get too tall, this will also encourage business. If it starts to get too leggy, this means your plant is not receiving enough light.

The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.

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