S is for Setcreasea

Setcreasea purple, begonias, Dusty Miller, container garden

Found this plant at the garden center last summer: Setcreasea pallida ‘Purple Heart.’ Looked good in the pot next to Dusty Miller and the bright orange begonias. This was the first day that we planted it at home.

Setcreasea purple, dusty Miller, begonias

One day the plants were visited by a praying mantis. I was so excited! Finally, something to help control the aphids!

Praying mantis on orange begonia

The little pink flowers last maybe half a day. Sometimes only a few hours.

Setcreasea purple, begonias, Dusty Miller, basil, container garden

Later in the summer, everything was growing over the sides of the pot.

Setcreasea purple, begonias, Dusty Miller, container garden

At the end of the summer,Β I had to cut it back before I attempted to bring it in for the winter. These cuttings lasted for a couple weeks in the vase. This was surprising because they seemed delicate and I had assumed they would wilt quickly.
Purple leaves setcresea
Now, I’m not sure if the plants are still alive. I think they are, but I won’t be sure until it’s warm enough to put them back outside. During the winter, the leaves turned green, which I read was normal when they don’t get enough sunlight. Many parts of the plants have died off, but I think there are still a few vines of life clinging to the pot. Time will tell.


I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.

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19 thoughts on “S is for Setcreasea”

  1. I found something similar at a zoo a couple of years ago. One of the leaves had broken off and was laying on the ground. I took it home and popped in a pot and forgot about it. When i came back from a months long holiday it was over flowing both pot and table… I’ve given quite a few cuttings away since then. It has never gone green but is in a sunny part of the house. I’m not sure it is the same because I have never seen it flower…

    1. Wow, that’s interesting. Based on the way I’ve seen these cuttings last, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same plant, or at least related. How cool that you got all of that just from a leaf on the ground! I hope yours flowers soon πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Charlie! My daughter and husband picked out all three. I thought they intended them to go together in the same pot, but they didn’t plan it that way. They were pleasantly surprised when they saw the result.

    1. Thanks. I kept the cuttings for a while, but the vase was so big that I had to get rid of it eventually. The original plants are still in the pot, and I hope I can nurse those back to life.

  2. That is such a pretty plant and, as you say, it looks lovely beside the others in the pot. The purple colour really sets them all off. The cuttings did well in the vase and I love the little pink flowers. πŸ™‚

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