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Purple Heart

Tiffany Cornell . Monday, November 27, 2017 . Comments
Purple Heart

Need a ground cover for your garden that is attractive and durable?

  • Tradescantia Pallida 'Purpurea' (Purple Heart) is a popular trailing evergreen perennial noted for its remarkable foliage of narrow, pointer, purple leaves. Arranged alternatively along thick, but fragile, purple stems, the leaves are deep royal purple above, bright violet underneath. Blooming constantly during warm weather, small clusters of bright pink, 3-petalled, pale orchid-pink flowers, emerge at the stem tips. Tradescantia Pallida is a tender perennial which makes a beautiful ground cover. It's sprawling stems root in the moist soil, to create a carpet of ground-hugging foliage. Easily grown in rich, moist, well drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best purple leaf coloration occurs in full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Great for border fronts, edging, as ground cover, rock gardens or containers.

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