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Tradescantia pallida

 
Tradescantia pallida
Any bit that's tucked into the soil seems to root and live

Common name wandering jew; purple heart
Family commelinaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers pink
Size 4"
Light sun-part shade

Purple-leaved spreading groundcover. We picked up a couple of small plants for the planters that flank our front door, but bits of it escaped (a move I didn't discourage) into the garden proper. With regular water and some fertilizer, it grows impressively fast! Eventually it succumbed to the elements though, and several years later I picked up a different variety, with long dark purple leaves (and pink flowers), from a local plant swap.

wandering jew; purple heart
Larger purple leaves on this variety
Tradescantia pallida
Small pink flowers in May

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: foundation border

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