General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 8-12 inches
Plant Spread: 12-18 inches or more
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Variegated
Fruit: Other: Small capsule containing gray-brown seeds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Common names
  • Inch Plant
  • Wandering Jew

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Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 25, 2011 9:48 AM concerning plant:
    Tradescantia zebrina is native to the gulf cost region of Mexico but has become naturalized in moist, disturbed hardwood forests in southern and central Florida. It has a trailing habit and forms dense mats with branches climbing over each other. The leaves are dark purple on the reverse side while the top has a zebra pattern striped with silver and burgundy. The color is intense on new growth and fades somewhat with age. When grown as a house plant Tradescantia zebrina usually ends up becoming leggy and unattractive but new plants can be made by rooting cuttings in either water or an organic potting medium.

    This plant prefers a rich, organic evenly moist soil and a bright shady location. Unlike other Tradescantia, T. zebrina has a clear, watery sap that can cause skin irritation in some individuals so care should be taken when pruning or coming into contact with broken stems.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Jun 1, 2020 9:45 PM concerning plant:
    I have been growing this for a few years in Maryland. It looks horrible most of the time inside the house. But I have kept some alive till spring when I put it outside. It quickly adapts to full sun here, becomes huge, lush and gorgeous and grows like a weed. Roots easily where stems lie on soil.
Plant Events from our members
vbprog On September 22, 2015 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On May 10, 2019 Cuttings took
Roots in water
piksihk On February 18, 2019 Obtained plant
Mom's plant - rooting two
piksihk On April 16, 2018 Transplanted
Under pecan tree
Macrocentra On January 26, 2021 Cuttings took
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Tradescantia zebrina by valleylynn Jan 17, 2013 12:13 AM 3
Looks like Tradescantia zebrina by purpleinopp Jul 10, 2016 2:44 PM 2

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