Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’

Purple Heart, Purple Spiderwort, Purple Spider Lily

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Ground Covers / Perennials

Evergreen-Deciduous: Semi-Evergreen

Overall Mature Size: Small

Also Grown As: Bush

Mature Height & Spread: 1' x 1-3'

Natural Growth Habit: Spreading

Native To: Mexico and Central America

Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water: Medium Water

Flower Color: Purple

Bloom Time: Summer

Special Features: Colorful Foliage / Deer Resistant

Container Sizes: #1

Sunset Garden Zones: 12-24, H1, H2

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone: 10-11

A Bit More

Previously thought of as a houseplant in the U.S., Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’ is finding new uses in the landscape. A trailing, purple perennial with succulent stems, Purple Spiderwort is native to eastern Mexico along the Gulf Coast. Its narrow leaves range in color from a black-purple in partial shade to a bright puple in full sun. Growing less than 1’ tall and spreading 1-3’ wide, ‘Purple Heart’ makes an eye-catching ground cover, especially in the summer when light-purple, three-petaled flowers emerge from its branch tips. Cold hardy to 20° F, plant this adaptable perennial in sun or shade in well-drained soils. Drought tolerant. Use Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’ in containers or as a striking contrast to bright green specimen plants.

A Bit More

Previously thought of as a houseplant in the U.S., Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’ is finding new uses in the landscape. A trailing, purple perennial with succulent stems, Purple Spiderwort is native to eastern Mexico along the Gulf Coast. Its narrow leaves range in color from a black-purple in partial shade to a bright puple in full sun. Growing less than 1’ tall and spreading 1-3’ wide, ‘Purple Heart’ makes an eye-catching ground cover, especially in the summer when light-purple, three-petaled flowers emerge from its branch tips. Cold hardy to 20° F, plant this adaptable perennial in sun or shade in well-drained soils. Drought tolerant. Use Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’ in containers or as a striking contrast to bright green specimen plants.