Plant ID forum: Two new plants from plants sale

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Name: Kelli
Martha Lake, WA (Zone 8b)
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Kelliarm
Oct 20, 2013 9:39 PM CST
So this is my first winter with a greenhouse... and my first end of summer sales season Smiling And to make things worse one of my favorite nurseries is moving. So I got these two plants at their plant sale for .50 plus 30% off. But they had no tags or identification on them at all. I have no idea at all what the green one is... but I liked the leaf shape and that was a good enough reason for me to buy it! The second one I loved the color... and I was told by an employees that its a houseplant. Anyone identify them for me??? Thank you SO MUCH in advance!
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Oct 20, 2013 9:55 PM CST
First on looks like Tradescantia zebrina.


The second looks like a violet. Not sure which one.




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Name: Kelli
Martha Lake, WA (Zone 8b)
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Kelliarm
Oct 20, 2013 10:35 PM CST
Wow that was quick. And although I initially disagreed with the violet ID, once I looked at the plant database I wholeheartedly agree now. Now, I just hope it flowers purple. Thank you!
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 21, 2013 10:18 AM CST
The Tradescantia is quite hardy here. You may want experiment with a piece next winter. You should have plenty by then! Also fun to play with putting it in different amounts of sun, the leave are schizo. The almost solid red of your leaves indicates the plant was in lots of direct light. The photo by Gingin that Jay included shows one in less light, which makes the gray stripes and green on top more prominent. Will stay alive anywhere, from total all-day sun to total shade, but really thrives in dappled light under a tree if you have that outside next summer. While inside, near an east window is ideal.

Good luck with your violets! I didn't know they would grow down here. None of the ones we moved from OH are still around.
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Name: Kelli
Martha Lake, WA (Zone 8b)
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Kelliarm
Oct 26, 2013 12:02 AM CST
Thanks Tiffany! That's good to know about the light. I was wondering why mine had such vivid colors.

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