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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 12 18 inches
Plant Spread: 18 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Other: the purple leaves are always a stand out
Flowers: Showy
Other: Flowers last only a day, when they shrink, they emit pink colored liquid.
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Year Round
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Layering
Other: Seed pods
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Midges
Flies
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Newly purchased plant

A Closer Look at Perennial FoliageA Closer Look at Perennial Foliage
By Sharon on June 16, 2013

It's that time of year again: blooms, blooms and more blooms! And every year just like clockwork, we wake up, grab our coffee and our cameras and race to see the newest blooms in our gardens. If there are no new blooms, we drop our heads and slowly walk back inside to wait for tomorrow. But wait a minute; there's something we shouldn't miss! Let's take a closer look at foliage.

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Date: 2021-09-26
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Location: all photos from my gardensDate: 2018-10-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2019-10-05
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2019-10-05
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Date: Summer 2016Purple Queen
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Location: The Natural StateDate: 2019-08-21
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Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)Date: 2020-03-04
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-03-01
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
By Joy
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Location: My houseDate: 2017-01-22Growing in a west window.
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Location: Temple, TexasDate: September 2019Planted in oil drip pan sitting on found piece of water fountain
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: Summer 2011A companion plant when potted and a houseplant in winter.
By Sharon
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By vic
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Location: Stuart, OKDate: 2017-07-03Broke a stem off, planted it and here we are.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 7-4-19
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Location: Temple, TexasDate: 2019-07-20Young plants rooted current season in water to fill out this bed.
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Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
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Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-03-01
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Location: Fountain, Florida
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-03-01
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-03-01
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2013-08-18
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: HoustonDate: 4-30
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Date: 2018-04-18It's hanging in my family room very happy in it's spot
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Comments:
Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Sep 17, 2011 5:12 PM

Extremely drought tolerant. The color is always a standout, especially against greens and it looks great against orange flowers. Does not tend to take over like the common wandering jew. Cut back to keep a more dense, compact habit.

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