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Beefsteak plant

Beefsteak plant
Plant Botanical Name: 
Iresine herbstii
Plant Sub Species or Variety: 
'Brilliantissima'
USBG Plant Location: 
Conservatory
Sunlight: 
Sun to partial shade
Plant Moisture Requirements: 
Low water requirements, but consistent


A tropical plant grown as a house plant or a summer annual for the bright colorful foliage. Tends to be deer resistant and adds a splash of color to an annual planting or container. The flowers are inconspicous and should be pinched back to promote foliage growth. When grown indoors, it prefers a soil-based potting mix and bright morning sun. Plants can be moved outdoors after frost free date and cut back to promote new growth. Cuttings are easily rooted.