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Related to beefsteak plant: Iresine herbstii
[Perhaps so called because its large, often reddish-tinged leaves were thought to resemble a slice of raw beef .]
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(Plants) an Asian plant, Perilla frutescens crispa, with aromatic red or green leaves which are used in cooking: family Lamiaceae. Also called: shiso or Japanese basil
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|Noun||1.||beefsteak plant - plant grown for its ornamental red or purple foliage|
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
|2.||beefsteak plant - South American plant having green to purple or red branches with green to purple ornamental foliage and spikes of insignificant woolly flowers with dry membranous bracts|
bloodleaf - any plant of the genus Iresine having colored foliage
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