‘First Blush’ not only has red petioles that extend into the leaf blade but also a thin red margin around the leaf, similar but much more dramatic than its parent ‘Beet Salad’. However, the most exciting thing about ‘First Blush’ is that in spring the leaf between the veins will start to “blush” red from the tip of the leaf down toward the base. The leaves remain red here until temperatures surpass 92 degrees, usually into June. The color should persist longer in Northern gardens.
It needs some strong light to turn red.