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Tradescantia zebrina

Common Name(s):
Inch plant, Wandering Jew

Herbaceous perennial often grown as a houseplant.  It has interesting variegated foliage striped green, white, and gray leaves with purple undersides.   The leaves are ovate and clasp the stem at the base.  Tiny three petaled lavendar-purple flowers appear infrequently indoors.  Leaf nodes on the stem are supposed to be 1-inch appart, hence the common name inch plant.   Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions.  Does best in filtered sun, average room temperatures and moist but well-drained soil.  Reduce watering in the winter.  Pinch back to encourage bushy growth.  Plants can be pruned back hard every spring and can be taken outside on a protected patio in the summer.  It is commonly grown in a hanging pot.  This plant is synonymous with Tradescantia pendula and Zebrina pendula

No serious insect or disease problems. Root rot and stem rot can occur in soggy soil.  Monitor for aphids, mealybugs, scale, whiteflies, and spider mites as these can be an issue if left unchecked. Contact with plant sap causes skin irritations in some individuals.

0.5-0.75 feet
Flower Color:
Zones 8-12
stem cuttings
houseplant, interiorscape, hanging basket, hanging pot, house plant

NCCES plant id: 2944

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