Iresine Seeds - Purple Lady
- Seed Count: 10 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 60-70 days from planting
- Plant Type: Annual or tender perennial depending on climate
- Origin: South America
- Height: 12-18 inches
- Foliage Color: Deep purple to nearly black
- Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Preference: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil
History: Iresine, originally from South America, has been cultivated for its stunning foliage. The Purple Lady variety is particularly prized for its striking deep purple to almost black leaves, a feature that has made it popular among horticulturists and garden enthusiasts alike. Known for its dramatic visual appeal, this plant adds an exotic flair to any setting. Over the years, its popularity has soared in both tropical and temperate gardens, as it can thrive as an annual or a tender perennial depending on climate conditions. The captivating color of the Purple Lady has inspired many a gardener to incorporate it into various garden designs, ranging from modern minimalistic settings to traditional, densely planted landscapes.
Uses: Iresine Purple Lady is a versatile plant used primarily for its ornamental foliage. Its vibrant color makes it an excellent choice for container gardens, where it can serve as a focal point or as a contrasting background for flowering plants. The Purple Lady is also used in mixed borders to add texture and color variation. Because of its relatively compact size, it is suitable for small gardens and even indoor settings when given adequate light. Beyond its ornamental use, this plant is also great for attracting attention in public spaces like parks and botanical gardens. Its dramatic hues can serve as an exciting talking point, sparking interest in plant diversity and garden design.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Iresine Purple Lady typically reaches maturity in about 60 to 70 days from planting. The plant thrives in well-drained, moderately fertile soil and can tolerate a range of lighting conditions from full sun to partial shade. However, brighter light will often result in more vivid foliage color. To start, seeds can be sown indoors 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost date. Use a quality seed-starting mix and plant the seeds just below the surface, as they require light to germinate. Keep the soil consistently moist and provide a warm environment for optimal germination, which usually occurs within 14-21 days. Once the seedlings have developed two sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted outdoors or into larger containers. Space them at least 12-18 inches apart to allow for adequate growth. For best results, fertilize the plants once a month with a balanced fertilizer.