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Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart'

Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart' Photo/Illustration: Chris Curless

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart' set-KREE-see-ah PAL-ih-duh Synonyms: Setcreasea purpurea 'Purple Heart', Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea', T. pallida 'Purple Heart'
'Purple Heart' is a trailing, tender perennial with purple stems and violet-purple leaves that produces pink flowers in summer. This plant is mainly grown for its foliage (leaves can reach 7 inches in length); best color is achieved in bright sunlight and a dry, cramped root zone. It is excellent as a groundcover or in containers or hanging baskets. It grows 8-12 inches tall and 16 inches wide.
Noteworthy characteristics: Foliage may irritate skin.
Care: Provide moist soil in part to full sun. Pinch to encourage bushiness and cut back flowering stems after blooming. Water moderately and fertilize monthly during active growth.
Propagation: Insert 2- to 3-inch-long stem-tip cuttings in soil mix or water and pot up in soil-based mix.
Problems: Viruses, aphids, spider mites.
Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Indoor Plant, Suitable as Annual
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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