Inch Plant (Tradescantia zebrina) in the Tradescantias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Variegated
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
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

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Location: Rainforest, Paraty, BrazilDate: 2010-01-24In the wild on the forest floor..
By bonitin
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Location: Centennial Park Conservatory, Toronto, ON, CanadaDate: 2014-03-22
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Location: Rainforest, Paraty, BrazilDate: 2013-12-08
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Date: 2014-11-10
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2019-03-01very prolific in central FL
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Location: Rainforest, Paraty, BrazilDate: 2010-01-31
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Location: Rainforest, Paraty, BrazilDate: 2014-01-10
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Date: 2018-09-25
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2018-11-04
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Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6bDate: 2/25/20
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Location: Rainforest, Paraty, BrazilDate: 2010-01-29In the wild on the forest floor..
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Location: Rainforest, Paraty, BrazilDate: 2010-01-20In the wild on the forest floor..
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Location: Fountain, Florida
By gingin
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Date: 2013-01-25
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Date: 2013-02-26
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2016-JuneWandering Jew, Purple plant and Perilla play well together
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Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, IllinoisDate: 2018-09-18
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Location: Oceanside, California Date: 2019-09-19
By carlysuko
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Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6bDate: 2/25/20
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2011-12-09
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Date: 2012-12-01
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Date: 2014-03-17
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Location: Rainforest, Paraty, BrazilDate: 2013-12-08
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Date: 2014-11-10
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-02-02
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-14
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Location: Mom's gardenDate: 2015-12-24
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Location: Austria / Wiener NeustadtDate: 2016-01-21
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Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6bDate: 2/25/20
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Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6bDate: 2/25/20
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Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6bDate: 2/25/20
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Location: Austria / Wiener NeustadtDate: 2016-01-21
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Comments:
Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 25, 2011 9:48 AM

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.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Jun 1, 2020 9:45 PM

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.

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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
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Tradescantia zebrina by valleylynn Jan 17, 2013 12:13 AM 3
Looks like Tradescantia zebrina by purpleinopp Jul 10, 2016 2:44 PM 2
Help! Small Indents on Tradescantia Leaves? by sefiori Aug 26, 2020 11:34 AM 2
Whats your favorite plant of the month? by AmberLeaf Sep 20, 2020 7:32 AM 11
Tradescantia zebrina by Plantmad Sep 14, 2020 7:45 PM 3
Wandering jew leaves and soil issue by Amiramazny Jul 16, 2020 11:12 PM 2
Tradescantia zebrina growing upwards by Amiramazny Jun 9, 2020 8:29 AM 4
Anyone know what this is? by Meowcedess May 15, 2020 10:59 AM 3
Help needed to id this plant by SanMichiel Apr 13, 2020 8:54 AM 7
Propagating Wandering Jew by Jaimerx Mar 30, 2020 10:39 AM 4
hanging flowing plants by patenter Mar 19, 2020 2:02 PM 4
In search of the magic plant by Nolwenn Mar 2, 2020 9:57 AM 6

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