|Iresine is a group of tender perenials grown mainly for their colorful foliage. They are frost tender, requiring minimum temperatures of 50-59 degrees F. They can also be grown as an indoor plant or treated as an annual.
Prefer full sun, loamy well drained soil. Pinch the tips to promote bushy growth during the growing season. Best propagated by cuttings in the spring. I. herbstii a bushy annual or sometimes known as a short termed perennial has stems and branches in a purple, red and bright green;when young are translucent. The deep red or orange leaves are egg-shaped to round, waxy and variegated. An attactive bush grows to 5 feet. 'Brilliantissima' bears rich crimson leaves.