I got a Purpurea from a Lowe's death cube last month. When I got it, it was a sickly light green color with no veining to speak of, and sad little roots. It's the only purpurea I've found at any Lowe's, HD, etc. so I consider myself lucky for having found it.
I did some research and decided it must be a venosa, so I labeled it as such, repotted it (etc. etc.) and put it outside, and hoped for the best; now I'm wondering if it's some kind of variant, as I was not aware that venosa's turned mostly red in sunlight - it was 100% light green when I got it.
I don't have any "before" pics, sorry.
The "WOOHOO" in the first pics is proof that it's going to be okay - hopelessly dying plants don't usually produce new leaves.
Can anyone ID this so that I can be sure?
The rhizome seems to be peaking up from the soil as you can see in the first pic; should it be deeper in the soil? I'd prefer to leave it be if it isn't going to hurt it.