Plants with red leaves are so pretty! I've been busily collecting a list of edible red-leafed plants and varieties for you to use in a red garden, or to spice up a garden of any kind.
Click on the photos to learn more about each plant.
Almost all beets (Beta vulgaris) have red stems, but choose the "Bulls Blood" variety if you like your leaves to be red too.
The young leaves are beautiful in salads.
'Ruby' Chard (Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla) can either have red or green leaves -- sometimes both on the same plant!
Several other chard varieties have red leaves, too -- read about them here.
Many varieties of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) are red, either in part or completely red. Here are a few types:
Here's a sweet, Romaine-type lettuce variety called "Silvia" with leaves that are almost entirely red! This would be stunning either in rows behind a low border or interspersed with regular green lettuce.
The Red Orache (Atriplex rubra) has lovely red edible leaves, and is very nice in salads.
Red Verona Radicchio (Cichorium intybus, called also called chicory) has deep red leaves.
Look at the leaves of the Giant Red Mustard (Brassica juncea)!
I've planted this in my front yard in the past, and I love this plant's texture as well as the red and green pattern on the leaves.
The Cordyline terminalis or Ti Plant has many red varieties available; here's Cordyline terminalis 'Lilinoe'.
This is the Dwarf Red Leaf Pineapple (Ananas comosus) -- its leaves and the pineapple's rind are both red!
Tricolor amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor) can get several meters tall, and has not only a huge red tassel but bright yellow and green leaves with a red stripes up the center as well.
Great for neighborhoods which decorate in bright colors, or as a show-stopping centerpiece to a flowerbed!
Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) has edible succulent leaves which are rimmed in red.
Very pretty and delicious!
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