Tradescantia pallida (Rose) D.R.Hunt
Setcreasea pallida, Setcreasea jaumavensis, Setcreasea lanceolata, Setcreasea purpurea, Tradescantia purpurea
Tradescantia pallida is a popular trailing plant with fleshy stems and pointed glaucous green leaves fringed red or purple. It grows up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall. Leaves are up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Flowers are pale orchid-pink, three-petaled, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide, and emerge from curving double bracts at the stem tips.
USDA hardiness zone 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Growing Tradescantia is easy, and you will find the plants to be quite resilient. These plants typically grow in moist, well-drained, and acidic (pH 5 to 6) soil. Tradescantias do best in partial shade but will do equally well in sunny areas as long as the soil is 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.
These plants like to be kept fairly moist, so water regularly, especially when growing them in containers. Cutting the plants back once flowering has ceased can often promote a second bloom and 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.
This species is native to the Gulf Coast region of eastern Mexico.
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