The Purple Heart Wandering Jew or Purple Heart originates from the northeastern parts of Mexico. It is a perennial, ornamental plant frequently added into flower beds as ground cover or as a trailing plant in hanging baskets for its striking purple foliage. Though they thrive better in full sun exposure, these plants can do well as house plants in colder environments. Their stems are very fragile to any roughness or accidental bumps, so mindfulness when handling and placing is recommended to ensure the longevity and health. Their fleshy leaves are covered in pale hairs and form a sheath around the stem. Typically from midsummer to fall they produce small pink to light purple flowers with yellow stamens, but can have sporadic blooms throughout the year. It is recommended to snip after flowering to avoid the stems becoming spindly. Though this plant does not generally go into dormancy, the leaves tend to die back to the roots in colder areas for winter but can regrow in spring.Attributes:
- Family: Spiderwort - Commelinaceae
- Trailing plant
- Can grow up to 1' in height
- Alternatively grown dark purple leaves grow up to 7" long
- 1/2" wide pink/purple blooms
- Full sun preferred
- Pinch for compact growth
- Drought tolerant but can handle frequent watering
- Fertilize monthly in growth periods
- Hardiness zone: 7-10
*Plants cannot be shipped to Alaska or Hawaii.
*Plants ship dormant in winter months.
*Images shown of mature plants.