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Purple Spiderwort

Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'

Also known as

Purple Heart, Purple Queen, Purple Secretia

Starr 080531-5033 Tradescantia pallida by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

20cm

10cm

Min

10cm

-2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Purple Spiderwort Overview

Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea' is a trailing, evergreen perennial. It has slightly fleshy, narrow, oblong, pointed, purple foliage. Purple Heart produces delicate, pink-purple, 3-petalled flowers. They unfold one at a time, usually in the morning - to preserve energy, and will generally close with the afternoon sun. In mild climates, Purple Spiderwort is used as a garden ornamental, cultivated for borders and also used in beds and outdoor pots. In colder climates, it is more often grown indoors as a houseplant. Plants in the genus Tradescantia have until recently been commonly known as ‘Wandering Jew’. This name is no longer used by the horticultural world due to its historical use in supporting antisemitic stereotypes.

Common problems with Purple Spiderwort

How to propagate Purple Spiderwort

Cuttings

Special features of Purple Spiderwort

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Ground cover

Pot plant