Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'

Erect-stemmed to trailing herb from a short rootstock. Leaves narrow-oblong, 8-15 cm, thick, v-shaped, hairless, purple. Inflorescence terminal, bracts large, leaf-like; summer and autumn. Sepals free, more or less colourless. Petals free, pink. Anthers hairy. [Setcreasea purpurea Boom, T. pallida 'Purple Heart']

Garden Origin


Grown as a pot or bedding plant. Leaf colour intensity best under high light and dry conditions.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Commelinaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Commelinales
family       Commelinaceae
genus        Tradescantia L.