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Tradescantia pallida

Purple Heart, Setcreasea
Classification Scientific Name: Tradescantia pallida
  Common Name: Purple Heart

  Family: Commelinaceae
  Location Index: HG13
  Suggested Use: groundcover

beds & borders

container plantings

hanging baskets
Plant Plant Type: perennial
  Plant Form: spreading

  Height: 1 foot
  Spread: 1 - 2 feet
  Bloom Period: summer
  Flower Color: pink, purple
  Flower: small, three-petalled flowers
  Foliage Texture: coarse
  Foliage: alternate fleshy leaves that are lancelolate and form a sheath around the stem

leaves are trough-shaped and a dark purple color
Environment USDA Zone: zones 8 - 11
  Native Range: Southwestern US

Eastern Mexico
  Sun Requirement: light shade
  Water Requirement: medium
  Soil: well-drained

pH adaptable
  Heat Tolerance: high
Care Maintenance: can propagate by direct sticking into the garden
  Liabilities: cold
  Tolerances: heat

drought tolerant once established
  Propagation: division

stem cuttings
More Additional Notes: tender perennial treated as an annual in many zones

can be used indoors as a foliage plant
Tradescantia pallida

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