Purple Heart
This plant is distributed from Louisiana and Florida in America to eastern Mexico.  Many species which are cultivated are cultivars.  It is a relative of Commelina communis.  A flower blooms at the tip of stem and it has 3 beautifully pink petals, and its pistil and stamens are standing up.  The 6 stamens have transparent hairs, whose cells are in a single line, and a distinctive and bright yellow anther.  The bloomed flower fades in the afternoon of the day, but it keeps blooming sequentially from Spring to Autumn.  This plant is entirely brilliant purple, and is used as accents in a flower garden as an ornamental foliage plant.  Its stem and leaf are thick and resistant to a dry environment, so this plant is sometimes treated as a succulent.
Its scientific name was previously Setcreasea pallid, but has been modified as Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'.
Classification: Commelinaceae Tradescantia
Scientific name: Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'
Japanese name: Murasaki-goten
English Name: Purple Heart
Native locality: Mexco
Ecological description: Semihardy evergreen perennial
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Planting place: Plant of South and Central America Greenhouse
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