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Tradescantia 'Red Cloud'
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Plant Type: Perennials

Triangular, rose-red blossoms. Each 1-2 inch wide, 3-petaled flower only lasts for one day, but the plants have lots of buds, extending the bloom time up to eight weeks. The flowers are self-cleaning, so deadheading is not necessary.

 


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Tradescantia is adaptable to many types of soil as long as it is moist and well-drained. It will grow in any amount of sunlight, from full sun to full shade. In full sun, plants must be kept moist to prevent scorching. Plants will have nicer foliage, though perhaps fewer flowers, in partial to full shade. After flowering declines, cut plants all the way back. This will encourage new growth and a second round of bloom. This clump-forming perennial is easy to divide in either the spring or in early fall. Seedlings may sprout around the parent plant, but they are easily lifted and moved. Tradescantia is very attractive when planted in a naturalized area or by a pond or stream.

Flower Color

Rose red

Foliage Color

Plant Spread

18-24 in.

Good Companions

Bergenia-Heartleaf (Bergenia cordifolia), Daylily-Designer (Hemerocallis ), Ligularia (Ligularia tussilaginea), Primrose (Primula ), Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

Plant Height

15-18 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

3-9

Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Container, Mass Plant, Border

Bloom Time

Critter Resistance

Exposure

Full sun, Full to part shade

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests