Tradescantia zebrina

Botanical Name: Tradescantia zebrina

Phonetic: trad-ess-KAN-she-uh Zeh-BRI-nuh

Common Name(s): Wandering Jew/Widow’s Tears

Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Persistence: Evergreen

Leaf Type: Simple, pointed, oval
Number of Leaflets:
Leaf Color: Colorful, blue-green with silvery longitudinal stripes above and solid purple underneath
Fall Color: –
Texture: Medium
Density: Dense
Bloom Season: Seasonal bloomer
Flower Color(s): Lavender-purple

Exposure: Full sun to part shade, best in filtered sun
USDA: 8-12
Climate Zone(s): 
Growth Rate:               
Height: 0.50-0.75 Feet
Spread: 1.00-2.00 Feet
Hydrozone: Medium, reduced watering from fall to winter
Pest/Diseases: No serious problems, root rot, stem rot, mealybugs, aphids, scale, whiteflies, spider mites
Soil: Peaty, soil-based potting mix

Features: Attractive foliage, cascading
Use: Popular trailing plant, ground cover, hanging baskets, pots, house plant

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