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Purple Heart

Setcreasea pallida

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.
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasA 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Tropical
Growth Habit7
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Edging, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsFlax Lily (Dianella); Lantana (Lantana); Cranesbill (Geranium); Phormium (Phormium); Mandevilla (Mandevilla)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-11

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