Definition of Beefsteak plant
1. Noun. Plant grown for its ornamental red or purple foliage.
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Perilla, Perilla
2. Noun. 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.
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Literary usage of Beefsteak plant
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1. The New England Farmer by Samuel W. Cole (1867)
"... sometimes beefsteak plant, from the peculiar appearance of the leaves of one species—is of easy culture, and has become a general favorite. ..."
2. Nature's Garden: An Aid to Knowledge of Our Wild Flowers and Their Insect by Neltje Blanchan (1907)
"... 1886 the f1rst humming bird seen was on May 5, visiting the Castilleja." (Illustration, p. 392.) Wood Betony; Lousewort; beefsteak plant; High Heal-all ..."
3. The American Home Garden: Being Principles and Rules for the Culture of by Alexander Watson (1859)
"... or lard, in which it cooks more readily, deserves even a better name than that of " beefsteak plant." It is also called by some " Guinea squash. ..."
4. Nature's Garden: An Aid to Knowledge of Our Wild Flowers and Their Insect by Neltje Blanchan (1900)
"Wood Betony; Lousewort; beefsteak plant; High Heal-all (Pedicularis Canadensis) Fig wort family i and pinnately lobed. Fl<m>ers—Greenish yellow and purplish ..."
5. Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan (1917)
"Wood Betony; Lousewort; beefsteak plant; High Heal-all Pedicularis canadensis Flowers—Greenish yellow and purplish red, in a short, dense spike. ..."
6. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States: Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown (1898)
"... south to Florida, Kansas, Colorado and North Mexico. Ascends to 3ooo ft. in Virginia. Called also High Heal-all, beefsteak plant. April-June. 7. ..."