Edible Plants With Red Leaves

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.

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Salad plants with red leaves

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.

'Red Magic' Chard (Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla) has beautiful red and green leaves with bright red stems. Very fast growing!

Several other chard varieties have red leaves, too -- read about them here.

Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)

Many varieties of lettuce are red, either in part or completely red. Here are a few types:

"Red Salad Bowl" is an oak-leaf lettuce with red-tipped leaves.

"Yugoslavian Red" is a gorgeous lettuce! It's a butterhead-type lettuce with bright red and green leaves, beautiful either in the garden or on the plate.

"Cimmaron" is a romaine-type heirloom lettuce with reddish leaves.

"King Crimson" is a hybrid leaf lettuce with purple-red leaves.

Radicchio (Cichorium intybus, called also called chicory)

Red Verona Radicchio has deep red leaves.

Red Treviso Radicchio has long green leaves which turn bright red in cool weather. Great for salads or cooked!

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Other edible plants with red leaves

"Petra Dark Red" organic basil (Ocimum basilicum) has dark purplish red leaves and lavender flower spikes.

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.

Ti plant with red 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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