purple heart – setcresea purpurea

10 Jul

For whatever reason, purple heart was the most searched post in last year’s blog, so here it is again.  This is a tender perennial, or in this zone an annual, that spends the winter in the sunroom.  The plant gets pretty leggy over the winter, so I lop it back to about 6″ each Spring and it comes right back.  It blooms most of the time, even in Winter — though those blooms are sporadic.   New plants can be started easily by snipping off a section of stem, removing the lower leaves, and potting the bottom few inches in moist soil.


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