Iresine verschaffeltii Lem.
The red variegated form of this plant is widely grown as an ornamental, being used here as an edging to a flower bed
Photograph by: Raffi Kojian
Iresine herbstii is a herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 1.5 metres tall[
The leaves are used locally as a food colouring. The plant is often cultivated as an ornamental in the tropics, valued especially for the attractive leaf markings[
S. America - Brazil.
Naturalized in forest borders and along forest paths in Malaysia, at elevations from 500 - 1,500 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a minimum temperature in the range 10 - 15°c, the plants are damaged by temperatures lower than 2°c[
Succeeds in full sun or light shade[
]. Grows best in a humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil[
The leaves are squeezed in water in order to obtain a red dye used for colouring agar agar jellies[
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