Purple heart, Wandering Jew
Scientific Name: Setcreasea pallida (Rose) D.R. Hunt
Synonym: Tradescantia pallida, Setcreasea purpurea
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Setcresea pallida 'Purple Heart'
Recommended Temperature Zone:|
Frost Tolerance: Resists light frosts. If the top is frozen, it will generally bounce back in the spring.
Heat Tolerance: Light shade in Phoenix for a lusher look
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Origin: Louisiana, Florida, Eastern Mexico
Growth Habits: Evergreen perennial up to 12 inches tall (30 cm)
Watering Needs: Moderate water, somewhat drought resistant
The variety 'Purple heart' is the most commonly encountered, but occasionally you can find a greenish and purple variety that I find also pretty attractive. The Setcreasea is an attractive plant that grows even in summer, and can add color in difficult areas. The stems are very breakable, and needs to be kept away from busy areas.
This plant is now generally classified as a Tradescantia.
The setcreasea is susceptible to scale, mites, mealy bugs, and whiteflies.
Pink, relatively inconspicuous blossoms.
Stems stuck in the ground will generally grow.