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']
Grown as a pot or bedding plant. Leaf colour intensity best under high light and dry conditions.
Source: (2005). Commelinaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.