Bloodleaf is native to tropical South America probably first collected in
Brazil. It is an herbaceous subshrub, that can reach 2 ft high, used as a
potted plant in temperate areas. The plant has two distinct forms based
upon leaf shape: plants with ovate leaves and those with obcordate
(inversely heart-shaped). The plant is variegated green and yellow, but
often has pink or crimson variegation. Most of the common names derive
from the obcordate leaves with the dark variegation.The upright flower
spikes bloom atop its foliage. Considering the foliage, the flowers are
not considered showy.
Identification credit: Aarti Khale
Photographed in Munnar, Kerala.
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