Purple Heart, Purple Queen, Wandering Jew
Tradescantia pallida 'Variegata'

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tradescantia (trad-es-KAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: pallida (PAL-lid-duh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata
Synonym:Setcreasea pallida

Category:

Groundcovers

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Variegated

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

By serpentine layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Conway, Arkansas

Valley Village, California

Fort Myers, Florida

Ponce De Leon, Florida

Gainesville, Georgia

Indianapolis, Indiana

Shreveport, Louisiana

Las Vegas, Nevada

Dunellen, New Jersey

Harlingen, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
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Positive

On Aug 20, 2013, foxhead128 from New York, NY wrote:

I can see why this plant could be called a weed, but as a houseplant, it is quite attractive and grows very quickly. It seems to prefer bright light, as too little will cause the leaves to turn plain green. Watering is quite flexible, though I advise using a bit of common sense.

Neutral

On Aug 19, 2010, dmtom from Deep South, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

My mother grew these as a house plant when I was young. Here at the tip 'o Texas they are called weeds, controlled by mowing or digging up ALL the tubers and roots.