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Herbsaceous Plants

Arabic Name

دم العاشق

Latin Name

Iresine herbstii , Amaranthaceae

English Name

Bloodleaf, Beefsteak Plant

The Bloodleaf, picturesquely named after the colour of its leaves, is a surprisingly robust perennial herb, native to Brazil, and grows well in Arriyadh, where it is often seen as a groundcover in parks. This is an evergreen, herbaceous plant, growing to about 1 m tall and wide. It has oval, sometimes almost circular, leaves, 2 to 6 cm long, pointed at the tip, with pronounced light red veins. Bloodleaf is planted for its varieties, which can have startling colours and markings, ranging from purple to bright reds, magenta and orange. There are also some green varieties. The small, woolly, mostly white flowers are usually inconspicuous. Good in bright sunlight, they are also attractive in light shade. I. herbstii is damaged by temperatures below freezing, and a sheltered spot is beneficial. The spectacular show of foliage colour is shown throughout the season. Plants prefer fertile soil, but will also grow in sandy soils with good drainage as long as they are not saline. They require regular and copious watering. Easily propagated by cuttings, which root quickly in water, plants can suffer from aphids. Bloodleaf is a highly ornamental plant, popular for its colour and as a groundcover and border plant. It is also often seen as a pot plant. Maintenance requirements are low, but weeding between plants and edge trimming may be necessary.

General information

Family Name : Amaranthaceae
Origin: Tropical , Sub Tropical
Rainfall: Very Humid , Semi Humid , Semi Arid
Propagation: Cuttings
Maintenance: Low
Planting Phase: Annual , Perennial

Environmental conditions

Urban Climate: Vulnerable
Desiccation: Vulnerable
Drought: Vulnerable
Irrigation: High
Salinity: Low < 1,000 ppm
Hardiness Zones: +3°C

Plant shape

Height: From 0.6 To 1 M
Expansion: From 0.3 To 1 M
Foliage: Evergreen

Flower

Colour: White
Size: 0.2 CM
Flowering Period: From Early May Till Late June

Fruit

Type Of Fruit: Capsule
Size: 0.2 CM

Location of Use :

Home Plant , Public Open Space , Massed Planting , Container Planting , Park Planting , Private Garden , Extensive Roof Garden , Wadi Farm Garden , Urban Area , Edging Plants

Other choices :

Attractive Foliage , Ground Cover , Grouped Planting , Plant Used by ADA , Seasonal Display

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