Full nameTradescantia (Andersoniana Group) ‘Purpurea’.
Name statusAccepted, the valid name for a unique cultivar.

Established by Wrede (1819, p. 55). Because it was published before 1959, the Latin name with no description can be accepted (Brickell et al., 2016, Arts. 21.11., 27.1).

Not to be confused with:
ClassificationLike other hardy garden hybrids, it is now placed in the Andersoniana Group. These hybrids are sometimes mislabelled as Tradescantia virginiana or the invalid botanical hybrid Tradescantia × andersoniana.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityProbably lost from cultivation, it was last documented by Staff of the L.H. Bailey Hortorium (1976, p. 1120).


Described by Hodge (1845, p. 39).

Cultivar groupTradescantia Andersoniana Group.
FlowersLarge and purple.


Wrede, E. C. C. (1819). Verzeichniß von schönblühenden perennirenden Gewächs-Pflanzen [List of beautiful flowering perennial plants]. Internet Archive link.

Hodge, B. (1845). Descriptive Catalogue of Fruit and Ornamental Tree, Shrubbery and Plants, Cultivated and for Sale at the Buffalo Nursery and Horticultural Garden. Internet Archive link.

Brickell, C. D., Alexander, C., Cubey, J. J., David, J. C., Hoffman, M. H. A., Leslie, A. C., Malécot, V., Jin, X. (2016). International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. PDF link.