beefsteak plant


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beefsteak plant

n.

[Perhaps so called because its large, often reddish-tinged leaves were thought to resemble a slice of raw beef .]
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beefsteak plant

n
(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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Noun1.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
genus Perilla, Perilla - small genus of Asiatic herbs
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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The foliage of Iresine herbstii, commonly called beefsteak plant or blood leaf, amps up the color in containers.
"It''s a Japanese beefsteak plant," he explained, before going on to demonstrate an impressive level of botanical knowledge about this Asian vegetable.
somniferum), Beefsteak Plant (A) (Perilla frutescens), Aniseed(A) (Pimpinella anisum and P.