Tradescantia pallida - Purple queen
Over sixty species of Tradescantia
are native to North and South America. Several
tropical species are used as house plants. This species is from Mexico. The
wild plants have green leaves, sometimes tinted with purple. The commonly
cultivated purple queen is a low, sprawling selection with deep purple leaves. Flowers
are pink. The sap contains calcium oxalate rhapides that can be irritating to
This plant is grown as a groundcover at various sites around campus.
Herbaceous perennial that spreads widely but grows to only about six to nine inches tall.
Light: full sun
Water: drought tolerant once established
Soil: well-drained soil is essential, no other special requirements
Other - Be prepared to weed this plant regularly. Green
weeds show up very well against its purple foliage.
This plant is easy to grow in a well-drained soil. It will
grow in sun or part shade but color is most intense in full sun.