Tradescantia pallida 'Blue Sue'

Blue Sue™ Purpleheart




Family: Commelinaceae

Genus: Tradescantia

Parent: Tradescantia pallida

Category: Perennial

Zones: 7b to 11

Size: To 12" tall, 36" wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Blue tint to the foliage with a purple margin. Pink flowers in the leaf axils. Well-drained soil.


Southern Living Plant Collection.

Athens Select Plant.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 4" pot from Santa Rosa in March 2011 and planted it in the front near the gate post. It has not done much, looking burned most of the time. In winter 2011 to 2012 I moved it to the Camellias and More garden. It disappeared but returned looking much stronger in spring 2012. It ended up under a shrub so I moved it to the Big Trees and Birds garden in May 2014.

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