Bloodleaf, Juba’s bush
Iresine diffusa
Amaranthaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Medium short-lived perennial herb.
Height:
Typically 2-3 feet in height, sometimes more. Usually taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Monroe County Keys north to Duval, Alachua and Levy counties, then scattered in north Florida, Louisiana and Texas; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Very rare and scattered in the Monroe County Keys.
Habitats:
Hammocks.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Light shade.
Flower Color:
White.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous membranaceous utricle.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Principal larval host plant of Hayhurst's scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii) butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed or cuttings.
Comments:


Roger L. Hammer
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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George D. Gann, 2012
In habitat, Palm Beach County, Florida
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton