How to grow Iresine

Iresine growing shrub of the genus Iresine also known as Bloodleaf, Iresine perennial evergreen but also grow as annual in cold climate used mostly as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropics or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone: 10+ as perennial, 4+ as annual.

Leaves are edible, color of the leaves can be: purple, red, bordeaux, green, orange or yellow.

Iresine flower

Flower color white inflorescence grows on stalk.

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Requirements for growing and care:


What is the best way to start growing:
Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties/Problems with growing:

Planting season:

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Summer / Autumn

How to prune:
Recommend to prune the flowers

Size of the plant:
0.5-1 m, 20-40 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Irrigation water management requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

When does flowers bloom?

General information about the flower
White small flowers, inflorescence stalk

Thinning / Deadheading of the blossom:
Recommend to thinning

Pollination is done by:

Edible leaves

When to trim the leaves?
All year in tropic in cold climate spring-autumn

How to trim the leaves?
Cut the stems or just leaves from the base

Information about leaves:
Oval, the leaves color can be: orange, yellow, red, purple, blue, pink

Uses of Name leaves:
Eaten raw, salad, stir fry, cooked

Scientific name:


Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Leaf color

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone