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Purple Heart

SKU:
SETPUH
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SKU:
SETPUH
Weight:
2.00 LBS
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_description-height:
14 inches
_description-width:
5 feet
_description-light:
Partial Shade, Shade
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Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart'
Deer Resistant:
Yes
Evergreen/Deciduous:
Evergreen
Family:
Spiderwort
Foliage Color:
Purple
Genus:
Setcreasea
Growth Rate:
Fast
Hardiness Zone:
8a
Landscape Uses:
Massing, Edging, Garden, Naturalizing
Mature Height:
14 inches
Mature Width:
5 feet
Prune Time:
Spring Cleanup
Light Needs:
Partial Shade, Shade
Water Needs:
Average to Moist
_callout-4|Light Needs:
Partial Shade, Shade
_callout-25|Foliage Color:
Purple
_callout-12|Deer Resistant:
Yes
_callout-17|Landscape Uses:
Massing, Edging, Garden, Naturalizing

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Product Overview

Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart'
This trailing perennial is grown for its foliage; lovely leaves emerge burgundy-red and mature to purple; low maintenance, and excellent for containers or massed as groundcover

Purple Heart is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple Heart is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Features

Purple Heart's attractive pointy leaves emerge burgundy in spring, turning purple in color the rest of the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Planting & Growing

Purple Heart will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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