Known as purpurina plant it belongs to the family of Commelináceas and gender Tradescantia, which consists of about 30 species of plants grasses, and perennials that originate from the tropics of America. Its best known species are Tradescantia pallida, Tradescantia fluminensis, Tradescantia spathacea, Tradescantia zebrina or Tradescantia virginiana.
The so-called purpurina is also known as setcreasea pallida or tradescantia purpúrea, and its origin is in Mexico. It is a lively hanging or creeping plant that has very fast growing and is usually not more than 40 centimeters high. The most interesting are its leaves, elongated and purple, and its flowers have a nice color but are not very decorative.
- Location : it is such a resistant and versatile plant that it can develop perfectly both in sunny, shady or semi-shaded areas. In fact, it can even resist frosts if they are sporadic and of low intensity.
- Soil : it is not very demanding in this sense, and it can grow even in calcareous areas. The planting in the definitive place must be done during the spring.
- Irrigation : it supports drought very well, so water moderately and let it dry from one watering to another.
- Compost : you should apply an organic fertilizer only once a year, enough so that you can get nutrients all that time.
- Pruning : the best time is during the spring to remove old branches, as well as to control their growth and shape.
- Pests and diseases : thanks to its resistance, it is very difficult for it to be affected by any unless you completely pass its care.
- Multiplication : it is very simple and can be done by cuttings in spring, summer or autumn.