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

Established by James Backhouse & Son (1889, p. 38). 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 listed for sale in Erhardt & Erhardt (1997, p. 657).


Described by Arends (1932, p. 62).

Cultivar groupTradescantia Andersoniana Group.
FlowersLarge and dark purple.


James Backhouse & Son. (1889). Alpine Plants, Hardy Perennials, and Florists’ Flowers. RHS Lindley Library.

Arends, G. (1932). Staudengrossgärtnerei Wuppertal-ronsdorf [Wuppertal-ronsdorf perennial nursery]. Internet Archive link.

Erhardt, A. & Erhardt, W. (1997). PPP Index 3: The European Plant Finder.

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.