Closure notice

NOTICE: The Conservatory will close at 2 pm for an official government function on Tuesday, May 5. The Conservatory and the National Garden will be closed on Wednesday, May 6, for an official government function, reopening at 10 am on Thursday, May 7.

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.