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Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart'
Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart'
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Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart' - is a species of spiderwort more commonly known as Wandering Jew, a name it shares with the closely related species T. fluminensis and T. zebrina. The colloquialism "Wandering Jew" is of indeterminate provenance insofar as being applied to the plant in question; it cannot really be said when, where, or by whom it was first called this, but, considering the term's negative connotation, it would perhaps be safe to assume that the originator's intent was not to highlight the plant's more favourable qualities.T. pallida can be primarily described as an evergreen perennial plant of scrambling stature native to the Gulf Coast region of Mexico. It is distinguished by elongated, pointed leaves - themselves glaucous green, fringed with red or purple - and bearing small, sterile three-petaled flowers of white, pink or purple. Widely used as an ornamental plant in gardens and borders, as a ground cover, hanging plant, or - particularly in colder climates where it cannot survive the winter season - houseplant, it is propagated easily by cuttings (the stems are visibly segmented and roots will frequently grow from the joints). However, this very characteristic, in addition to the fact that it is remarkably shade-tolerant and can thrive in a wide range of soil conditions, makes T. pallida quite formidable should it be encountered in situations where it has not been intentionally cultivated and carefully maintained. In areas throughout the southern United States and Australia, it is considered an invasive weed and has defied many attempts at control or eradication.There is some controversy regarding the correct scientific name for this plant species, with certain authorities continuing to refer to it as Setcreasea purpurea or Setcreasea pallida. The comparatively more recent denomination Tradescantia pallida appears to enjoy greater acceptance and wider usage at the present time

Name Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart'
Common Names Purple Heart, Purple Queen, Wandering Jew
Grow Zone 8
Light Conditions Partial Sun/Shade
Water Requirements Average
PH Level 5.6-6.0
Minimum Height 1 foot
Maximum Height 18 inches
Growth Habit Fast
Bloom Period Late Spring-Summer
Bloom Color Pink, Light Pink
Fragrant No
Best Grown In Bedding Plant, Hanging Baskets
Scientific Name Tradescantia pallida
Class Liliopsida
Family Commelinaceae
Genus Tradescantia
Species pallida
Cultivar Purple Heart
Salt Tolerance Moderate
Grow Zone 8
Grow Zones
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