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Inch Plant Tradescantia fluminensis

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Inch Plant:

Previously known as:

  • Tradescantia albiflora
Description

Inch plant is an evergreen trailing herbaceous perennial groundcover.  Where it can be grown outdoors it makes a good groundcover cascading down a rock wall.  Because it takes root along its stem it can become weedy.  Its nodes where its roots are about one-inch apart, hence the common name. In colder climates, it makes a good houseplant and its spreading form makes it attractive in a hanging basket. Desired for its showy, colorful foliage and fast growth, commonly grown indoors in a hanging basket or in interiorscapes as a groundcover; each flower only lasts for 1 day.

Quick ID

  • Leaves are longitudinally striped green and white
  • Undersides are not purple
  • Leaves are 2-ranked*, stems are trailing; sheaths closed
  • Paired bracts enclose flowers that last 1 day each
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#container plant#interiorscape#low maintenance#hanging baskets#trailing#rock gardens#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#container plant#interiorscape#low maintenance#hanging baskets#trailing#rock gardens#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tradescantia
    Species:
    fluminensis
    Family:
    Commelinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE. & S. Brazil to N. Argentina
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 9 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 9 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Inflorescence is a one-sided cyme, terminal or axillary, <2 in peduncles, hidden by 2 leafy bracts. Flowers are white, <1 in, with 3 equal petals and 3 sepals, subtended by a pair of boat-shaped bracts.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, distichate, simple, ovate-oblong, acute, longitudinally striped white and green, blade sessile with a closed sheath.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are ascending, decumbent or trailing, rooting at nodes.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Problems:
    Weedy