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 Burgundy Smooth-Textured
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: 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
I have always loved this plant,I work at a nursery and people a
re always wanting this plant. I used to have alot of it and it will take over thankfully its not a vine, if any body wants to get rid of some I'll take it
On Feb 6, 2008, Neuling from Carrollton, TX wrote:
I first encountered this plant after it had apparently dominated a quaint apartment complex for nearly thirty years. These plants were literally in every flowerbed,and hugging around the underside of hedges and trees. It made for a lovely accent against the peach stones.
We had a bare spot out front where the previous tenants had removed some flowers, so I took a few cuttings from the nearby Purple Queens and within weeks I had several small plants dotting the bare spot. In less than three months they were deep purple and thriving very well. By six months they were intwined and slowly fighting for sunlight.
I took some more cuttings and found the plant did well indoors too. However, the low light didn't encourage the deep purple. Instead they were a pale green with only a purple hue around the leaves.
All in all, this is an impressive plant, but I would recommend paying close attention to the plant outside, they tend to have a Napolean complex.
On Oct 15, 2007, blugld from Fort Mill, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:
Have had around a flowerbed for at least 7 yrs and it comes back every year. I don't feed or water it and in the awful drought we are having this year, it's still growing. Morning shade and hot afternoon sun.
On Sep 20, 2007, Kittylover from Carrollton, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
Purple Heart, Purple Queen, Wandering Jew 'Purewell Giant' Tradescantia pallida
This is the upright deep purple purple heart - beautiful mounding plant- will spread from a small plant to a big bush - I tried some of the other listed above it -
It did not compare - more of a weed stems laying on top of one another in a tangled mess and the color is more a muted burgundy - no wonder there are so many mixed reviews
On Feb 2, 2006, JanetS from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
This plant is hardy in my zone. I have had it for four to five years and have used offshoots (that root easily in water or soil) in hanging baskets as well as to start new accent beds. Have also shared with neighbors that stop to ask about where to find it. Spreads readily and blooms its little heart out all season. Great goundcover for added color.
On Sep 13, 2005, JD948 from Crawfordville, FL wrote:
I love this plant. I used to have it years ago in the Panama Canal Zone. It does very well in north Florida (8b). I use it as a border with Blue Plumbago's in between my lawn & road. I bought 14 plants for an area about 70'x8' knowing how easily the rest of the area can be filled in.
On Aug 31, 2005, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
if this is what I think it is... larger, wider leaves, slighly fuzzier, but otherwise the same plant. Seems slower growing, and mine has resented hot blazing sun, which the regular form does not.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Birmingham, Alabama Huntsville, Alabama Irvington, Alabama Toney, Alabama Glendale, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Garden Grove, California Crawfordville, Florida Fort Myers, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Jan Phyl Village, Florida Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Spring Hill, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Blakely, Georgia Braselton, Georgia Kennesaw, Georgia Lawrenceville, Georgia Madison, Georgia Chillicothe, Illinois Gardere, Louisiana Gonzales, Louisiana (2 reports) Richmond, Maine Easton, Maryland Columbus, Mississippi Cedar Grove, New Mexico Thomasville, North Carolina Chambersburg, Pennsylvania Fort Mill, South Carolina Gramling, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Piedmont, South Carolina Chattanooga, Tennessee Arlington, Texas Beaumont, Texas Brazoria, Texas Carrollton, Texas (2 reports) Deer Park, Texas Desoto, Texas Katy, Texas Nassau Bay, Texas Rowlett, Texas San Antonio, Texas Sterling, Virginia Woodbridge, Virginia Spangle, Washington