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Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart'

Common Name(s):

  • Purple Heart
  • Purple Heart Wandering Jew
Description

A tender perennial commonly used as a houseplant or an annual.  It is generally an annual, but may come back in protected areas or in mild winters.  S. pallida has trailing purple stems with violet-purple leaves and pink flowers that appear in the summer.  It needs bright light and moist soils.  Pinch back to encourage bushiness.  

 

 

Cultivars:
Tags:
#sun#partial shade#houseplant#annual#drought tolerant#foliage#groundcover#salt tolerant#interiorscape#ncemgva2018#deer resistant
Cultivars:
Tags:
#sun#partial shade#houseplant#annual#drought tolerant#foliage#groundcover#salt tolerant#interiorscape#ncemgva2018#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Setcreasea
    Species:
    pallida
    Family:
    Commelinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is somewhat resistant to damage by deer and is moderately salt and drought tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full Sun (Direct sunlight 8+ hours a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight (2-4 hrs) for only part of the day
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Slippery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    deep violet purple foliage, grown for ornamental foliage
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Salt