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Tradescantia pallida

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

Synonym:Setcreasea pallida

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kathy__bee On Oct 5, 2014, kathy__bee from Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Super easy! Super tough! Drought tolerant once established! Takes full sun, Texas heat and bounces back with a vengeance in spring after single digit temps in winter! As my best friend (an apathetic black thumb) says, "just throw it on the ground and walk away. It will grow."

Positive Linus32 On Apr 1, 2013, Linus32 from Falmouth, KY wrote:

I planted this plant as a bedding plant in zone 6 northern KY. I didn't cover it with mulch or anything and it survived the winter. I think the rating of zone 8 needs to be reconsidered. I've also heard of other gardeners in KY with the same experience.

Positive Southernbell421 On Oct 7, 2012, Southernbell421 from Ocala, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I really like this plant. Living here in the South we can sometimes get really cold weather and this plant seems not to mind it. It may die back from the cold, but come Spring it starts up again. Ours like the partial shade with only morning sun. We recently created a growing area on the east side of our house and placed alot of the oak leaves on the ground to help keep the ground moist for the plants we are putting in. The first purple queen we planted did very well (getting only morning sun and partial shade) so we added more of these plants and they too are thriving! The soil is mostly sand so if it doesn't rain we water the area at least once a day and the plants just keeps spreading wider and wider.
It adds some really nice color to the area. And you can't really hurt them. If the runners get too long you can just cut it back and don't worry.

Positive lisaadrina On Feb 6, 2012, lisaadrina from Kudus
Indonesia wrote:

I live in Indonesia, and I have this plant growing itself (without any treatment, you can call it, grow wildly) in my back yard. You can see the pict here:

Positive kitty_mom On Jul 8, 2009, kitty_mom from Waverly, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a beautiful, long lived plant. A friend gave this to me well over ten years ago. I have divided this many times- all you have to do is break off a piece (it needs frequent haircuts), stick it in some dirt, keep it moist and voila! It needs little water and can grow in sun or partial shade. Right now, I have three pots of it on the porch in the sun, and the leaves close up when it gets very hot, but open up again. I can't imagine not having some spiderwort around.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Monticello, Arkansas
Searcy, Arkansas
Brea, California
Le Grand, California
Woodlake, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)
Key Largo, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sebastian, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Williston, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Kennesaw, Georgia
Waverly, Georgia
Canton, Illinois
Falmouth, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Slaughter, Louisiana
Saucier, Mississippi
St Thomas, Mississippi
West Plains, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Lucama, North Carolina
Edmond, Oklahoma
Jay, Oklahoma
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Cleveland, Texas
Denton, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Midlothian, Texas
Orange, Texas
Plano, Texas
San Angelo, Texas
Tomball, Texas
Quilcene, Washington

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