Purple Heart Spider Lily
Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart'
Purple Heart Spider Lily foliage
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Height: 10 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Other Names: Tradescantia pallida purpurea
This variety is excellent in a bright area, and is grown primarily for its colorful purple-pink foliage; its trailing form also works with hanging baskets, or draped from trellises; a great easy care indoor plant
Features & Attributes
Purple Heart Spider Lily's attractive pointy leaves remain purple in color throughout the year on a plant with a trailing habit of growth.
This is an herbaceous houseplant with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other indoor plants with less refined foliage. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.
Planting & Growing
When grown indoors, Purple Heart Spider Lily can be expected to grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It prefers to grow in average to moist soil. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; an average potting soil should work just fine.
There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.