Tradescantia zebrina

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 Tradescantia zebrina subsp. var.  Wandering Jew, Inch plant
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Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Lifespan: perennial
Exposure: sun, part-sun
Features: evergreen, flowers, foliage
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USDA Zones: 9 to 11
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Flower features: white
Commelinaceae > Tradescantia zebrina var. ,

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Zebrina pendula, Schnizl. (Tradescantia zebrina, Hort. T. tricolor, Hort., in part. Cyanotis vittata, Lindl. Commelina zebrina, Hort.). Wandering Jew, in part. Fig. 4041. Trailing, half-succulent, perennial herb rooting at the joints: lvs. lance-ovate, sessile, the lf.-sheath about 1/2 in. long and hairy at top and bottom and sometimes throughout its length; under surface of lf. red-purple; upper surface silvery white; suffused with purplish, the central part and the margins purple-striped: fls. about 2, rose-red, contained in 2 boat-shaped bracts, one of which is much smaller than the other. Mex.— Commonly confused with Tradescantia fluminensis, Fig. 3829, and sometimes with Commelina nudiflora. See Tradescantia. The lvs. of Z. pendula seem never to be green. They vary somewhat in color. All forms are easily grown, and they prop. readily from pieces of st. Var. quadricolor, Bailey (forma quadricolor, Voss. Tradescantia quadricolor and T. multicolor, Hort.). Lvs. with metallic green undertone and striped with green, red, and white. Handsome.

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Tradescantia zebrina, formerly known as Zebrina pendula, is a species of spiderwort more commonly known as an inch plant or Wandering Jew, a name shared with closely related varieties T. fluminensis and T. pallida. Commonly available and used as a houseplant, T. zebrina has attractive zebra-patterned leaves, the upper surface showing purple new growth and green older growth parallel to the central axis, as well as two broad silver-colored stripes on the outer edges, with the lower leaf surface presenting a deep uniform magenta. Propagated by cuttings, this plant can be moved or manipulated easily as its runners cling lightly to the ground (if used as cover). Unfortunately, skin irritation may result from repeated contact with or prolonged handling of the plant — particularly from the clear, watery sap (a characteristic unique to T. zebrina as compared with the other aforementioned types) — and it tends to become invasive if not properly maintained.



Roots very easily from cuttings placed in a cup of water or in wet soil.

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