Beefsteak is a colorful tropical shrub that is a popular ornamental primarily for its leaf color and can be easily propagated by cuttings. On just one leaf, the colors range from coppery green to red to purple. This plant is naturally bushy but can tolerate clipping of the growing tip. Be careful pruning this plant too often, though, as it can become leggy. The flowers are insignificant compared with the bright foliage. Leaf color is most vibrant in full sun, and it makes a great border or hedge.
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