Iresine herbstii is the Botanical name of lal paatti. Lal
Patti is a herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 1.5 metres tall. The leaves
are used locally as a food coloring. The plant is often cultivated as an
ornamental in the tropics, valued especially for the attractive leaf markings.
Prefers a minimum temperature in the range 10 - 15°c, the
plants are damaged by temperatures lower than 2°c. Succeeds in full sun or
light shade Grows best in a humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil.
Height: up to 1.5 m
Temperature: 10 to
Soil: moist well
: partial to full
Uses and benefits :
The leaves are squeezed in water in order to obtain the red dye used for colouring agar jellies.