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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Location: Rainforest, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2010-01-24
In the wild on the forest floor..

Date: 2022-08-15
Climbing up brick 3' to window sill of 4'
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2023-12-18
Location: Fairfax, VA | October 2022
Date: 2022-10-28
Back side
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2019-03-01
very prolific in central FL
Photo by purpleinopp
Location: Centennial Park Conservatory, Toronto, ON, Canada
Date: 2014-03-22
Location: Fairfax, VA | October 2022
Date: 2022-10-28
Stomata <3
Location: Rainforest, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-08
Location: Fairfax, VA | October 2022
Date: 2022-10-28
Front side, showing that the "variegation" is caused by air bubbl
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-11-04

Date: 2014-11-10
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: 2020-11-17
Wandering Jew
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6b
Date: 2/25/20
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-05-18
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida

Date: 2018-09-25
Photo by Hamwild

Date: 2013-02-26
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-01-30
etiolation
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: April 26, 2011
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2016-03-09
Showing both top and bottom of leaves
Location: Rainforest, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2010-01-29
In the wild on the forest floor..
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6b
Date: 2/25/20
Location: Fairfax, VA | April, 2023
Date: 2023-04-21
Location: Rainforest, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2010-01-31
Location: Fountain, Florida
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2019-09-19
Location: Mom's garden
Date: 2015-12-24
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-06-14

Date: 2013-07-12
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Date: 2016-June
Wandering Jew, Purple plant and Perilla play well together
Location: Rainforest, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2014-01-10
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-05-28
Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Illinois
Date: 2018-09-18
Location: February, 2024
Date: 2024-02-05

Date: November 6, 2020

Date: 2013-01-25

Date: 2020-02-01
Photo by Akajou
Location: Botanical garden of Madeira
Date: 2023-04-11

Date: 2021-02-02
Location: Growing in a shady spot; Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: October 25, 2011

Date: 2014-03-17
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2012-10-14
Location: Rainforest, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2010-01-20
In the wild on the forest floor..

Date: 2012-10-02
Aerial roots.
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6b
Date: 2/25/20
Location: Fairfax, VA | April, 2023
Date: 2023-03-31
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2011-12-09

Date: 2020-04-12
Zebrina bloom

Date: 2020-04-10

Date: November 6, 2020
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-01-05
Faded, etiolated growth while inside for winter.
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2017-03-07

Date: 2020-09-16
almost hard grown, I think
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-12-28
Photo by sedumzz

Date: 2012-12-01
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-02-02

Date: 2021-01-30

Date: 2013-10-04

Date: 2013-02-26
Location: Omaha, NE
Date: 2016-03-10
Location: Rainforest, Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-08
Location: Austria / Wiener Neustadt
Date: 2016-01-21
Location: Austria / Wiener Neustadt
Date: 2016-01-21
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6b
Date: 2/25/20
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6b
Date: 2/25/20

Date: 2012-10-14

Date: 2014-11-10

Date: 2014-06-08
Back of leaf.
Location: Nashville, TN
Date: 2020-10-17
Tiny lone bloom on one of my favorite purple plants! My friend in

Date: 2013-01-25

Date: 2013-02-26
With Ivy
Location: Michigan
Date: 2016-01-20

Date: 2012-11-19

Date: 2012-11-19

Date: 2012-11-19

Date: 2012-12-01

Date: 2021-02-02

Date: 2013-04-01
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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
dnrevel On October 19, 2022 Winterized
I have made many cuttings of this lovely trailing plant, a tender perennial like other Tradescantias. It makes a lovely houseplant over the winter. It does well indoors in indirect bright light and outside in part shade. It prefers moist soil.

Pinch back to create a bushier plant.
green_redfoxx On April 28, 2023 Obtained plant
Bought with Nanny for my birthday
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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
Mislabeled? by zuzu Dec 18, 2023 5:44 PM 4

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