Plant ID forum: Anyone familiar with Callisia vs. Tradescantia?

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plantladylin
Aug 31, 2016 3:14 PM CST
I purchased this as Callisia congesta 'Variegata' but can't find any information for a plant by that name. I wonder if might actually be Tradescantia of some sort?



edited to add: @purpleinopp Tiffany, are you the one who grows Tradescantia and Callisia? Any suggestions on this plant?

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purpleinopp
Aug 31, 2016 3:25 PM CST
I don't think anyone would go to the trouble to patent a cultivar name for that. Assuming they haven't, then it's C. congesta, variegated version, not 'Variegata' with apostrophes & capitalization, which indicates an official cultivar name. It does look like C. congesta, I have that too.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 31, 2016 7:41 PM CST
The size and shape of the leaves do look like the green Callisia congesta I had at one time so I thought Callisia was right. I was confused about the cultivar name of 'Variegata' but had to order anyway because I liked the leaf color. Green Grin!
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Sep 1, 2016 1:13 PM CST
Totally agree, it's very eye-catching!

I'm often surprised when I put plants in the ground for the 8-9 months available to do so between frosts here at how different a ground plant can look than a potted one, though they can be subtleties that are difficult to photograph or describe, no doubt. If that kind of experiment appeals to you, it looks like you have plenty of material.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Sep 4, 2016 1:42 PM CST
Here's a pic of variegated C. fragrans & congesta growing adjacent.
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Name: Lin
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Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Sep 4, 2016 1:46 PM CST
It looks just like your Callisia congesta. I'm assuming the seller just stuck the name 'Variegata' on there because it has variegated leaves.
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purpleinopp
Sep 4, 2016 2:13 PM CST
I think so too. A prettier-sounding word in my mind than variegated. ;)
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