Discover the Beauty and Benefits of Tradescantia pallida, the Stunning Purple Heart Plant


Welcome to our guide on Tradescantia pallida, also known as the Purple Heart Plant. This open-growing plant with its vibrant purple foliage is a popular choice among plant enthusiasts. Its low-maintenance nature and beautiful colors make it a perfect addition to any indoor space.

The Purple Heart Plant requires minimal cleaning as it is resistant to pests and diseases. This trailing plant can grow up to 1 inch in height and has long, arching stems that show off its purple leaves. However, it can be invasive in certain areas, so make sure to keep it in check if you plan to grow it outdoors.

In the world of horticulture, the Purple Heart Plant is often referred to as a touch-me-not. This is because the leaves will turn brown and fall off at the slightest touch or even if you rub against them. Don’t worry, this is a normal characteristic of the plant and doesn’t indicate any health concerns.

If you’re considering this plant as a houseplant, you’ll be glad to know that it doesn’t require much space. You can easily grow it in a small pot or a hanging basket. Just make sure to provide it with proper soil and moisture to keep it happy.

There are many ways to propagate the Purple Heart Plant, but one of the most common methods is through cuttings. Learning how to propagate this plant will allow you to have more of them in your garden or give them away to friends and family. In this guide, we will take you through a step-by-step process for rooting cuttings.

Tradescantia pallida is a warm weather plant and thrives in USDA zone 9 and above. It prefers well-draining soil and enjoys basking in bright, indirect sunlight. Fertilizing the plant will result in leggy growth, so it’s best to use less potent fertilizers or opt for smaller doses.

So, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, this article will provide you with all the information you need to grow and care for Tradescantia pallida, the Purple Heart Plant. Make sure to keep reading to learn all the tips and tricks from our expert author and explore the various aspects of this beautiful and versatile plant.

Enjoy this journey through the world of Tradescantia pallida!

Beautiful Houseplants Purple Heart or Tradescantia Pallida

If you are into gardening or simply love having beautiful plants in your home, the Purple Heart (Tradescantia Pallida) is a must-have. This stunning succulent plant, also known as Purple Queen or Wandering Jew, is sure to catch your attention with its vibrant purple foliage.

The Purple Heart plant is originally from Mexico and Central America. It is a low-maintenance plant that can thrive in a variety of conditions. Whether you place it in full sun or partial shade, it will continue to display its beautiful purple leaves.

One of the reasons why the Purple Heart is popular among plant enthusiasts is its ability to propagate easily. If you notice your plant getting too big or want to create new ones, you can simply take cuttings and root them in water or soil. It’s important to sanitize the stems before propagating to prevent any potential pests or contaminants.

When it comes to caring for your Purple Heart plant, proper watering is essential. Make sure to water it regularly, but avoid overwatering as it can lead to root rot. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, and be sure to provide good drainage by placing it in a pot with drainage holes.

The Purple Heart plant produces small pink flowers, although they are not the main attraction of this plant. Its vibrant purple foliage is what makes it truly stand out. The leaves are typically long and narrow, and they have a velvety texture that adds to their appeal.

If you’re wondering about its growth habits, the Purple Heart plant tends to grow in a cluster of stems, creating a bush-like appearance. It can reach a height of about 12 inches and spread up to 24 inches, making it a great choice for both hanging baskets and containers.

Despite its delicate appearance, the Purple Heart plant is quite easy to care for. It doesn’t require much maintenance and usually thrives without any issues. However, like any plant, it may encounter some common pests such as aphids or spider mites. Monitoring and cleaning the leaves regularly will help prevent any pest infestations.

As for its name, the Purple Heart plant is also known as Tradescantia Pallida or Purple Queen. Its vibrant purple foliage and ease of care make it a popular choice among plant enthusiasts.

If you’re interested in adding the Purple Heart plant to your collection, you can easily find it for sale at local nurseries or online. You can also ask your local plant grower for more information about its care and maintenance.

Overall, the Purple Heart or Tradescantia Pallida is a beautiful houseplant that will add a touch of elegance to any indoor space. Its vibrant purple leaves, easy propagation, and low maintenance make it a favorite among plant enthusiasts.

If you have any questions about how to care for the Purple Heart plant or want more information, check out our FAQs section or browse through our picture guide on Purple Heart plant care.

How To Propagate Purple Heart

If you’re a plant princess like myself, you may find yourself wanting to propagate your beloved houseplants. The purple heart plant, also known as Tradescantia pallida, is a popular choice due to its vibrant purple foliage and easy propagation.

There are a few different methods you can use to propagate your purple heart plant. One popular method is through stem cuttings. To do this, you’ll need a pair of clean shears or scissors, a plastic pot or container, a well-draining potting mix, and a rooting hormone (which can be optional).

First, locate a healthy stem on your purple heart plant. Using the shears or scissors, make a clean cut right below a node (where the leaves emerge from the stem). You can take multiple cuttings if you’d like.

Next, prepare your pot or container by filling it with a well-draining potting mix. If desired, lightly dust the cut end of your stem with rooting hormone.

Make a small hole in the soil with your finger or a pencil, and carefully insert the stem cutting into the hole. Gently press the soil around the stem to secure it in place. You can plant multiple cuttings in the same pot if you’d like.

After planting, water your cuttings thoroughly and place them in a warm and bright location. Avoid direct sunlight, as this can scorch the delicate new growth. Maintain a temperature of around 70-75°F (21-24°C) for optimal rooting.

Over time, you’ll notice new shoots emerging from the cuttings. This is a good sign that your purple heart plant cuttings have successfully rooted. Keep the soil slightly moist, but avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

Once the roots have developed and the new plants have grown a bit, you can consider repotting them into their own individual containers. Use a well-draining potting mix and a container with drainage holes to ensure proper moisture levels.

Purple heart plants are not fussy when it comes to fertilizer. You can use a general-purpose liquid fertilizer, following the instructions on the packaging. A monthly application during the growing season should be sufficient to keep your plants healthy and vibrant.

It’s worth noting that purple heart plants are relatively tolerant of neglect and low-maintenance. However, they do benefit from occasional grooming to remove dead or brown leaves. You can also pinch the stems to encourage branching and a bushier appearance.

In terms of toxicity, purple heart plants are generally considered to be non-toxic to humans and pets. However, ingestion can still cause mild digestive discomfort, so it’s best to keep them away from curious mouths.

In conclusion, purple heart plants are easy to propagate and maintain, making them a great addition to any plant lover’s collection. Whether you’re a seasoned grower or just starting out, these plants are sure to add a pop of color and interest to your home or garden.

Is Purple Heart Plant A Succulent

Many people wonder whether the Purple Heart plant, also known as Tradescantia pallida, is a succulent. The answer to this question is yes, the Purple Heart plant is considered a succulent plant.

The Purple Heart plant is native to Mexico and is commonly found in gardens and landscapes. It is known for its vibrant purple foliage, making it a popular choice for outdoor gardens or as a houseplant. Its fleshy leaves and stems are characteristic of a succulent plant.

Succulent plants are known for their ability to store water in their leaves and stems, allowing them to survive in arid conditions. The Purple Heart plant is no exception and is highly tolerant of dry environments. This makes it a great plant for those who may forget to water their plants regularly or live in areas with hot and dry climates.

When it comes to caring for a Purple Heart plant, it is relatively easy. It requires bright and indirect light to thrive, but it can also tolerate some shade. As a succulent plant, it is best to water the Purple Heart plant sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Over-watering can lead to root rot and cause the plant to die.

If you notice the Purple Heart plant’s foliage starting to turn yellow or the plant looking wilted, it is a sign that it may be receiving too much water or not getting enough light. Adjusting the watering schedule or moving the plant to a brighter location can help revive it.

One of the great things about the Purple Heart plant is its ability to propagate easily. You can either take cuttings of the plant or use the plant’s seeds to grow new plants. Simply plant the cuttings or seeds in a well-draining soil mix and keep them moist until they establish roots. After that, you can follow a similar care guide for the new plants.

It’s important to note that the Purple Heart plant is considered an invasive species in some areas, particularly in Florida. If you live in an area where the plant is invasive, it is best to avoid planting it outdoors.

In conclusion, the Purple Heart plant is a beautiful succulent that is easy to care for and can add a pop of color to any garden or indoor space. Whether you choose to grow it as a houseplant or outdoors, it is sure to make a statement. Just make sure to provide it with the proper light, water, and care it needs to thrive.


  • Q: Are Purple Heart plants easy to care for?
  • A: Yes, Purple Heart plants are relatively easy to care for.
  • Q: Can Purple Heart plants be grown indoors?
  • A: Yes, Purple Heart plants can be grown indoors as long as they receive enough bright light.
  • Q: Can I use Purple Heart plants in hanging baskets?
  • A: Yes, Purple Heart plants have a cascading growth habit which makes them suitable for hanging baskets.
  • Q: How often should I fertilize my Purple Heart plant?
  • A: It is recommended to fertilize Purple Heart plants every 2-4 weeks during the growing season.
  • Q: What are some common problems with Purple Heart plants?
  • A: Some common problems with Purple Heart plants include root rot, over-watering, and lack of sunlight.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.