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Wandering Jew

Tradescantia zebrina

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This trailing perennial is grown for its foliage. Fleshy leaves have two silvery stripes and purple undersides. Flowers bloom intermittently throughout the year. Wandering Jew, a common houseplant, is native to Southern Mexico.

CareProvide full sun or part shade and moist, fertile soil.

PropagationRoot cuttings in water.

ProblemsViruses, aphids, spider mites.

  • Genus : Tradescantia
  • Zones : 11
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Uses : Containers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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