Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart'

Also known as:

  • Setcreasea pallida
  • Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'
  • Setcreasea purpurea
  • Purple Heart Spiderwort
  • Purple Heart Wandering Jew
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Plant Type

perennial, groundcover

Zones

8a-10b

Size

H:1'
W:2'-4'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

average, well-drained

Water Needs:

even moisture, regular, drought tolerant

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

pink

Foliage Color:

purple

Flower Season:

summer

Texture:

fuzzy

Foliage Season:

semi-evergreen

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Bold textured tradescantia from the mountains of Mexico -- to 12 to 18" high and wide -- with narrowly oval leaves, slightly felted and a deep rose-purple. Lighter rose-purple flowers appear on the tops of the stems, year round in container or out of frost, or from early summer on where plants are killed to the ground yearly. This one is a clumper not a spreader! Long used as container plants, it is also a must-have in richly colored garden where well-drained and watered soil can be provided and crowns do not freeze deeply. Can be reproduced yearly by emergency cuttings taken in fall, making sure to get a branched stem rather than one with only flower buds. Bright light to dappled shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7 with mulch and good drainage; otherwise zone 8.

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A trailing plant best known for its dramatic purple foliage. Very pretty spilling out of containers. The lavender flowers add to the overall effect. Works well as a summer ground cover and seems to be hardier than once thought. Disappears in the fall completely-often returns in late spring. Full sun to part shade, and regular water. Very pretty with bold leaved Cannas. Can be a good perennial in well drained rich soil.

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Purpleheart. This Tradescantia needs more outdoor trialing in our area. Tony Avent gives it a 7b Zone but we're doubtful Well worth trying in that mild garden or microclimate and at worst it can be a house plant at least until you have enough to experiment. Pink flowers and moist.

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Large, pointed, narrow oblong leaves, 3-6 in. Bears small pink flowers in the summer. Leaves color best in bright sun light when root zone is slightly dry.

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Setcreasea purpurea has intense purple lance shaped leaves covered with pubescence of pale hair..producing orchid-lilac flowers at the tips

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Velvet purple 3-4' slender leaves with occasional lavender-pink flowers held in the leaf axils. A nice foliage accent for mixed containers, or as a ground cover where it is hardy.

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Purple leaves, pink flowers, hardy ground cover or container plant.

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