Setcreasea purpurea

Setcreasea purpurea, commonly known as Purple Heart or Purple Heart Wandering Jew, is a popular and easy-to-grow ornamental plant that is native to Mexico and South America. It is a trailing, low-growing plant that is often grown as a groundcover or in hanging baskets, and is prized for its striking purple foliage.

The leaves of Setcreasea purpurea are long and slender, with a deep purple color that is most intense in full sun. The stems are also purple, creating a dramatic contrast against the green foliage of other plants. The plant produces small, pink or purple flowers that bloom sporadically throughout the growing season.

Setcreasea purpurea is a hardy and adaptable plant that can grow in a wide range of growing conditions, including full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. It is also drought tolerant and can handle periods of neglect or infrequent watering. In fact, over-watering can cause root rot and other problems, so it is important to allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Due to its low-maintenance nature and striking color, Setcreasea purpurea is a popular choice for use in landscaping and container gardening. It can be used as a groundcover or accent plant, and is often used in rock gardens or along the edges of paths and walkways. Overall, Setcreasea purpurea is a beautiful and versatile plant that is sure to add a pop of color to any outdoor space.

Mature Size / Spread / Form  

30-50cm / Trailing

Foliage Color

Deep purple / Pale-pink or purple

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