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Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’ (Purple Heart)

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Scientific Name

Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’

Common Names

Purple Heart, Purple Queen, Purple Spiderwort, Purple Wandering Jew

Synonyms

Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’, Tradescantia purpurea, Setcreasea purpurea, Setcreasea tampicana

Scientific Classification

Family: Commelinaceae
Subfamily: Commelinoideae
Tribe: Tradescantieae
Subtribe: Tradescantiinae
Genus: Tradescantia

Description

Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’ is a trailing, evergreen perennial up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, with purple succulent stems and narrowly elliptic, purplish, glaucous green leaves up to 6 inches (15 cm) long. The terminal, bright pink, 3-petalled flowers are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) wide.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Growing Tradescantia is easy and you’ll find the plants to be quite resilient. They’re hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 4-9 and will tolerate more than what one would expect. Tradescantia typically grow in moist, well-drained and acidic (pH 5 to 6) soil. Tradescantia plants do best in partial shade but will do equally well in sunny areas as long as the soil is kept moist.

You can grow Tradescantia indoors too as long as suitable conditions are given. Provide the plant with either a soilless mix or loam-based potting compost and keep it in bright filtered light. You should also pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushier growth.

Allow it to spend warm spring and summers days outdoors, if feasible. During its active growth, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every four weeks. Water sparingly in winter.

These plants like to be kept fairly moist, so water regularly, especially if you’re growing them in containers. Cutting the plants back once flowering has ceased can often promote a second bloom and will help prevent re-seeding. Cut the stems back about 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) from the ground… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Tradescantia

Origin

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