Where to Purchase a Bloodleaf Plant

(Question)

July 2014 photoWhere I can purchase an Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) plant? I had a spectacular plant that recently died from the cold/hot air, condo air conditioner. I have had the original specimen for more than 30 years and really miss its beauty. The plant was near an east facing bright window, but the new air/heater was much stronger than the previous. The plant cascaded 2 feet, the attached photo is just a sample.

 

(Answer)

I’m sorry to hear that you lost your Bloodleaf. It is a lovely, undemanding perennial that adds such a pop of colour to houseplant collections. The Missouri Botanical Garden profile of Iresine herbstii  may be of interest to you.

We are not permitted to make specific recommendations as to where to purchase plants. You might want to contact your local nursery. If they don’t have the plant, they may be able to refer you to another nursery that does.  As well, if you go on-line to Landscape Ontario, to the “Find a Company” page, you will find several links. Click on “Garden Centres” for the names of many garden centres in the province.  As it is now December, nurseries may be low on stock of houseplants.

Finally, consider “googling” a source of the plant online – e.g., use search terms “Bloodleaf Ontario nursery” or “Iresine Herbstii Ontario”.  For a narrower search, use “Toronto” or the name of your city; for a broader search, use “Canada” as one of the terms. You can also use the term “Blood leaf” (as two words) to ensure you find all “hits”. Contact the companies that look the most promising. Even if they sell to commercial suppliers only, they may be able to tell you the names of seed/plant sellers in your area.

Once you find your plant, I’d suggest that you take cuttings every few years, so that you have a few plants in your home, in case another plant dies.  There is lots of helpful information on the Internet about propagating bloodleaf, even a few YouTube videos.  Here’s one example, from Gardening Australia, Fact Sheet: A Shade Loving Plant.