Tradescantia "Red Hill" EA

lme5573April 17, 2014

I thought tradescantia were purple, I must be thinking of the purple and green striped plant I had years ago. I picked this one up today, and it's not purple, and it's all fuzzy. I checked on Exotic Angel's site, and they show a picture of Red Hill, but it's purple and green. Hmmm.
Then I checked on GW, and discovered that nobody here knows what it is , either.
This version of Red Hill seems to have narrow long leaves, and in spite of the shine, it's fuzzy. Should I put it in more light? Less light? I'm taking a page from PurpleinOpp and want to make a hanging basket for my back porch. Coleus, this tradescantia, and maybe a little pilea.
It's been a long winter, I'm ready to get started with some plantings.!
Lennie in Michigan

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Nice! I hope you enjoy your hanging basket as much as I do mine!

I've gotten 2 quite different plants labeled 'Red Hill' from EA. The one that looks like your pic (though wasn't nearly as full/developed) got dropped a couple months ago, hasn't looked right since. If I see another one, I'll pick it up. Never did get to see the flowers on that.

The other one seems to be T. blossfeldiana and I *think* it's still around here somewhere... (IDK where anything is for sure @ the moment, except the hat on my head, moving this weekend.) Stopped by here while taking a break from packing, pleasant surprise.

IDK why EA has such trouble with their plant names (or why they call genera species.)

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 2:43PM
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Thanks! I'll be sure to post if it ever blooms.
Good luck with the move, hope it goes as planned and nothing is lost for very long.


    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 3:52PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I think your plant may be Cyanotis somaliensis. Many of these little hairy "Red Hill' plants have bloomed 'out there' and that's what they seem to be. Look up the blooms, you'll know they're different from Tradescantia if they show up - feathery petals!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2014 at 4:05PM
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Thanks for thinking of my plant, but sad to say "Red Hill" died a spectacular death. I watered it once, and it started to rot. It turned shiny and gooey and rotted piece by piece. It was amazing, I could do nothing to stop it. Finally, I took cuttings and tried to grow some in soil, others in water. They all rotted, except one tiny piece in a small pot in my kitchen window. It has 3 leaves, and I basically dribble water into the pot when I think of it.
Thank goodness I didn't spend more than $4 on it, but it still ticks me off. Anyway, I think I have stopped buying house plants at my grocery store for now.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 9:03PM
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