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Genus Tradescantia (Spiderwort, Wandering Jew, Moses-in-the-cradle, )

trad-es-KAN-tee-ah Common Name: Spiderwort, Wandering Jew, Moses-in-the-cradle, Synonyms: Setcreasea
These natives of the Americas are grown for their alternate, distinctively shaped and colored leaves, which may be variegated, striped, maroon, or densely wooly. The long-blooming flowers each have 3 petals and often occur in violets, purples, and pinks. Grow the hardy species in mixed borders; tender species may be treated as annuals, grown in containers or hanging baskets, or used as houseplants or conservatory plants.
Noteworthy characteristics: These evergreen perennials provide an endless array of beautiful and useful foliage plants.
Care: Outdoors: grow in moist, fertile soil in full sun to partial shade. Indoors: grow in bright but filtered light, fertilizing during active growth and reducing water in the winter; pinch branches to promote bushiness.
Propagation: Divide in spring or fall; root cuttings of tender species in soil or water.
Problems: Aphids, spider mites, viruses.

Species, varieties and cultivars for genus Tradescantia

Tradescantia zebrina Tradescantia zebrina
(Wandering Jew)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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.