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Linden's Blood Leaf

Iresine lindenii

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Linden's Blood Leaf (Iresine lindenii) at Thies Farm & Greenhouses

Linden's Blood Leaf

Linden's Blood Leaf

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Linden's Blood Leaf (Iresine lindenii) at Thies Farm & Greenhouses

Linden's Blood Leaf foliage

Linden's Blood Leaf foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  32 inches

Spacing:  16 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Bloodleaf, Beefsteak Plant, Chicken Gizzard

Description:

A stunning variety with deep red glossy foliage with vibrant pink spines and veins, a vigorous, upright growth habit; quite impressive when massed in the garden or displayed in containers

Ornamental Features

Linden's Blood Leaf's attractive glossy pointy leaves remain dark red in color with pointy hot pink spines and tinges of burgundy throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The hot pink stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Linden's Blood Leaf is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. The flowers of this plant may actually detract from its ornamental features, so they can be removed as they appear. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Linden's Blood Leaf is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Linden's Blood Leaf will grow to be about 32 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant should be grown in a location that is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.

Linden's Blood Leaf is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Applications
Foliage Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features