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KarenHolt
Jun 5, 2017 10:05 AM CST
Does anyone know what this is? It came from my father's home in MS. It is planted in the south facing of his house getting full sun. It will multiply. How much? I don't know. It won't get much bigger than what is in the picture. I just took a couple of pieces home and replanted. So far, no problems. It's pretty. Just have no clue what it is.


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plantladylin
Jun 5, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart') ??
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purpleinopp
Jun 5, 2017 10:31 AM CST
Since nobody knows how that supposed cultivar differs from the species, and it was not purchased with a cultivar name, just T. pallida is a safe label.
Purple Queen (Tradescantia pallida)

The answers to your questions about growth are too dependent on conditions/location/weather/soil structure & fertility, etc... to tell you exactly what will happen.

One tip I might have is that you can expect the parts that you can see above ground to be frozen after the first real frost in the fall. So if you are trying to multiply this plant more quickly, cutting the stems off just before that first frost and sticking them in a pot inside as close as possible to your brightest window would be a way to use those stems to increase your mass instead of just letting them freeze. If you get enough growth to take cuttings before then, that's fine too.
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Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Jun 5, 2017 1:43 PM CST
Could it possibly be wandering on the ground so that it makes me think it's not a climber? Hmm, this will be an interesting year to say the least. I never got to watch it really fill in.

Thank you both so much. I'm really kind of happy that is what it turned out to be. I had asked my dad's wife years ago if it was wandering jew and she said she didn't know. I do remember my mom growing wandering jew but I couldn't remember if it was this one. Seems like my mom planted this and it's nice to know I brought some back to Oklahoma with me.
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