Plant ID forum: I think this is a wandering jew type plant?

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Name: Joyce
Alamogordo, NM (Zone 7b)
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Cactuspatch
Jun 29, 2014 3:23 PM CST
a Tradescantia or spiderwort. But can find no photo that looks just like this one. So maybe I am looking in the wrong place? I got it as a passalong plant years ago and kept it in pots until one year it spilled out and rooted in a flower bed. Now I can't get rid of it as it is under a rose and I would have to dig up the rose to sift the dirt. Anyhow, I am thinking that it grows so well maybe I could use it as a groundcover in my back yard--but would like to know what it is before I actually put it in the ground someplace else!

It has thick succulent type leaves and blooms with tiny pink flowers. You can just pull them out and stick in a pot and they fill it quickly. It does great in partial shade in my east facing courtyard. There is a dripper and the rose gets watered more often than other plants so it does like a bit of water. Thanks for any help.
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Name: greene
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greene
Jun 29, 2014 3:53 PM CST
Look for Tradescantia 'White Velvet' and see if it looks similar.

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Name: Joyce
Alamogordo, NM (Zone 7b)
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Cactuspatch
Jun 29, 2014 6:30 PM CST
greene said:Look for Tradescantia 'White Velvet' and see if it looks similar.

( Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I really wanted to say...and then send me a piece of it... Rolling on the floor laughing )

I did see that one and it is similar but mine is not fuzzy like that one seems. I did find a tradescantia Navicularis that looks similar, but then there are many photos with that name that don't look like it!
The one with that name that looks like mine says it is succulent and also called Mexican chain plant so it kind of fits!

Thanks! As for sending you a piece it might not be the best idea, I mean in Georgia it might take over your garden! Here if we want to control we just don't water.

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Name: greene
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greene
Jun 29, 2014 6:43 PM CST
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Name: Joyce
Alamogordo, NM (Zone 7b)
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Cactuspatch
Jun 29, 2014 7:57 PM CST
I posted it on flickr and got this, I think it may be this wildflower!
http://www.wildflower.org/gall...
Tradescantia brevifolia (Torr.) Rose
Trans-Pecos spiderwort
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jul 4, 2014 7:22 AM CST
It does look like that plant, very cool! Are the flowers on your plant white?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 5, 2014 2:01 PM CST
It does look a lot like T. brevifolia:

https://www.wildflower.org/gal...

http://www.botany.si.edu/ghhig...

If this turns out to be your plant I hope you will add photo's to the database as we currently have no images: Trans-Pecos spiderwort (Tradescantia brevifolia)
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jul 9, 2014 8:24 AM CST
I do hope Joyce comes back. Fascinated by this plant! Tradescantia flowers are usually spotted in the morning, in case you're having trouble catching them open.
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