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Purple Heart

Setcreasea pallida

SKU #01188
7-11

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OVERVIEW
Description Stunning purple, lance-shaped leaves on vigorously spreading stems are accented by small pale purple flowers. Dies back in cold weather then vigorously returns in spring. Heat and drought tolerant. Great for low maintenance areas, rock gardens and mixed borders. Cascades nicely over the edge of a hanging basket. Evergreen in mild winter climates.
Light Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Watering Water when top inch of soil is dry.
Blooms Summer
Mature Size Quickly reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Growth Rate Fast
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, Poolside, Ground Cover, Edging
Design Ideas A stunning plant for frost free gardens used as a groundcover. Can fill beds on sheltered locations or be mixed into tropical plantings to add purple foliage color. Great choice for hanging baskets or dangling off the edges of pots. Nestles well into boulders and particularly attractive trailing around rock waterfalls. Color makes a stunning addition to minimal modern gardens.
Flower Color Purplish-pink
Foliage Color Purple
Companion Plants Flax Lily (Dianella); Lantana (Lantana); Cranesbill (Geranium); Phormium (Phormium); Mandevilla (Mandevilla)
CARE
Care Provide enriched, well-drained soils. Best foliage color in full sun; protect from harsh afternoon sun exposures in hotter summer regions. Water regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, tolerates moderate drought in cooler climates; benefits from continued regular water in warmer regions.
HISTORY
Lore The purple coloring of these leaves are due to chemicals known as anthocyanins, which are the same ones that give beets and eggplants a similar color.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-11

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