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Products > Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart'
 
Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart' - Purple Wandering Jew
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Commelinaceae (Spiderworts)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart']
Height: 1 foot
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart' (Purple Wandering Jew) - This popular trailing house plant is also a pretty durable groundcover or accent plant to about 18 inches tall in the garden. It has 1 to 2 inch long, narrow pointed purple leaves along thick herbaceous stems and small three petaled purple-pink flowers among the leaves in the summer. Plant in light shade or part sun in most any soil type and water regularly to occasionally - surprising drought tolerant for such a tropical looking plant. The leaf color varies with amount of sun and water with the best color in the brightest light. Hardy and evergreen in frost free gardens but will freeze back in colder locations - root hardy to 10F or less - some claim it will grow as a perennial in USDA Zone 6. This attractive and unusual colored plant makes a great hanging pot specimen or as a creeping groundcover with bold color for the sun or shade garden. Some consider this plant from eastern Mexico to be invasive, but we have never seen it get out of hand and has behaved quite well in our garden for over 20 years. The name Tradescantia honors John Tradescant the Elder, gardener to the Earl of Salisbury, who traveled to Virginia in 1617. The specific epithet refers to the pale flowers of some species. The name Tradescantia honors John Tradescant the elder (1570s-1638), an 17th century English naturalist, who was a collector and traveler and the gardener to the Earl of Salisbury. The species name pallida is from the Latin word 'pallidus' meaning "pallid" or "pale" in reference to the pale flowers of some species  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart' .