Nov. 1, 2021
purple hearts, Tradescantia pallida
Compared to other spiderworts we're used to, this is indeed pallida. You have probably seen purple hearts in a conservatory, or even as a hanging plant in your own home. The natural leaves are striped and not so purple. It's not clear to me to what degree the purple is a natural variation, or horticultural. If horticultural, it has now become wild. As home plants, these excel at removing organic pollutants from our air. Purple hearts are native to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Mexico and possibly Texas. In any case, they're wild in FL, LA, and TX. Matthaei Gardens, UM, 5/28/16. Dayflower family, Commelinaceae.