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.
One day the plants were visited by a praying mantis. I was so excited! Finally, something to help control the aphids!
The little pink flowers last maybe half a day. Sometimes only a few hours.
Later in the summer, everything was growing over the sides of the pot.
At the end of the summer, 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.
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.
19 thoughts on “S is for Setcreasea”
How beautiful! A very different looking plant! Hope it does well this year!
Thanks! It’s looking scraggly and a sickly green right now but I hope some warm weather and sun can revive it.
I am sure it will!
I like your confidence 🙂
haha well I have seen with my garden, I just wait it out haha
You have had some good luck. We’ll see what happens with mine!
I will wait to hear haha
I’ll let you know!
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…
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 🙂
Such a gorgeous combination of color and textures…
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.
The cuttings look lovely in the vase. Hope they’ve all survived.
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.
OMW how gorgeous Cynthia !
Thanks, Lynne! It was something we tried last year that turned out really nicely 🙂
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. 🙂
Thanks so much, Millie! They were a great find at the garden center last year 🙂