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The Tradescantia genus has more than 75 varieties of crops. They fluctuate in colour from purple, inexperienced, striped, reliable and variegated. It has many names this sort of as flowering inch plant, Purpurea, purple queen, Purple Heart, Spiderwort, wandering dude and Wandering Jew. A lot of use the title Wandering Jew or Purple Heart. These crops are some of the most well known developed plants.

A common perception that the identify Wandering Jew refers to the Jewish persons wandering in the desert. The origin is imagined to be from a medieval European folk story about a mystical Jew who mocked Jesus. He was condemned to wander the earth until the apocalypse.

The title Purple Coronary heart is the title I have normally utilized. It is believed that this identify will come from the armed forces medal awarded to these killed or wounded in action.







Purple Coronary heart vegetation developed in shadier parts have a tendency to have green in their leaves.




These crops are native to the Gulf Coast of jap Mexico. Edward Palmer gathered the to start with specimen around Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas in 1907. It attained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Yard Benefit.

Purple Heart Wandering Jew, Tradescantia pallida, is the dark purple leafed variety that is generally found. In summer months, it blooms a fragile, small-lived, 3-petaled pink flower that has no fragrance. The leaves are lance formed and can get to 7 inches very long.

It is sluggish growing and will sprawl to fill an area. Brighter gentle is required to convey out the deep purple color. Purple Heart is a perennial in zones 7-11. The foliage will not endure in lengthy cold temperatures, but as very long as the root is not frozen, the plant will occur back in the spring.







Wandering Jew

Wandering Jew with blooms at Victoria Educational Gardens.




Purple Heart is quick to develop equally outdoors and indoors. It thrives in parts that receive an abundance of natural mild. The most effective location is a person in complete solar. The plant will develop a more vivid coloration when grown in the sun. If it is in also considerably shade, Purple Coronary heart could get leggy or even switch green.

It demands a very good potting soil indoors and a very well-drained loamy soil outside. Water your indoor plant consistently, not allowing the soil come to be entirely dry.

Purple Coronary heart is somewhat drought tolerant but demands drinking water in extended dry times. Water it deeply. Humidity is not a issue rising Purple Heart. Fertilizer is not necessary, but an occasional feed can invigorate expansion as effectively as boost flowering and a lot more vivid leaves.

Purple Coronary heart can get leggy, sparse or scruffy seeking. Prune, snip or pinch 1 or 2 inches of the plant. With at minimum one leaf on its stem, place it in h2o in a sunny spot. When roots commence to improve, it can be planted. The vegetation can also be divided.

Outdoor, Purple Heart has a couple of pests this sort of as aphids, spider mites, soil gnats, snails and caterpillars. An insecticidal cleaning soap can be made use of to rid the pests. With soil gnats, be guaranteed to enable the soil dry out much more among watering or devote in a yellow sticky lure for that region. Indoor pests may well involve mealy bug and scale.

Intriguing information on Purple Coronary heart display them to be edible, uncooked or cooked. It is regarded as deer resistant. It is not on the ASPCA’s harmful plant list for cats or dogs.

The University of Wisconsin notes the sap could induce skin irritation on men and women or animals. Checks present Purple Heart can assist absorb weighty metals in the soil.

In “Romeo and Juliet,” Juliet asks “what’s in a identify?” Regardless of the name you opt for to simply call it, Purple Coronary heart is nevertheless an easy to expand indoor or outdoor plant with colorful deep purple foliage.

The Gardeners’ Dust is penned by users of the Victoria County Master Gardener Association, an academic outreach of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Victoria County. Mail your concerns in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77901 or [email protected], or remark on this column at VictoriaAdvocate.com.