Family: Amaranthaceae

Scientific Name: Iresine herbstii Aureoreticuaria

Common Name: Chicken Gizzard, Iresine


Iresine (Iresine herbstii Aureoreticulata) Grown for its colorful yellow veined green leaves and red stems. A tender perennial usually grown as an annual in colder climates.

Plant TypeAnnuals, Perennial Tender, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone10
Sunlightfull to part sun
Soil & Siteaverage
Growing Mediaaverage patio
Temperaturefrost tender
Flowerscreamy white in small panicles, grown for its foliage and not the flowers
Leavesgreen with yellow veins and red stems.
Stemsred, pink, green
DimensionsI have had 3 1/2" potted plants reach about 12" by 12" in one growing season.
Maintenancepinch to promote a more compact plant
Native SiteBrazil
Misc FactsAKA: Iresine, Beefsteak Plant, Bloodleaf, Chicken Gizzard, Yellow Chicken Gizzard
Author's NotesA very colorful Iresine. Mine never got full and busy which is good since you can easily see the colorful red stem.
Notes & Reference#51-Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials (Alan Arimitage), #76-Annuals for Every Purpose (Larry Hodgson)
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