Purple Heart

They make an attractive basket subject and can be used as an annual groundcover

Botanical Name - Setcreasea purpurea

Additional Info

Setcreasea pallida do best in full sun to light shade. If grown in lower light levels, the plant tends to lose its purple coloring. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. Even though the plants are drought tolerant, we water them at least twice a week and fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer. After flowering, the plants should be cut back so that they dont get too spindly. During the winter months, water should be restricted to about once a week and fertilizer should be withheld until new growth starts in the spring