Synonyms: Tradescantia longifolia
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: .5' to 1.5' Width: .5' -to 1'
Flower Color: lavender
Fruit Color: green
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers
Recommended Uses: Border plantings.
Considerations: May cause allergic reaction in dogs and cats characterized by red itchy skin.
Propagation: Dividing root ball, seed, allow seed pods to dry on plant, then break open to collect seeds.
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: 5.6 - 7.8
Native Habitats: Sandhill, scrub and disturbed areas.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Other Comments: The cells of the stamen hairs of some Tradescantia are colored blue, but when exposed to sources of ionizing radiation such as gamma rays, the cells mutate and change color to pink; they are one of the few tissues known to serve as an effective bioassay for ambient radiation levels.