Genus: Spiderwort

Tradescantia

Spiderwort (Tradescantia)
trad-es-KAN-tee-ah
Synonyms:  Setcreasea
Commelinaceae
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 clutivars for genus Tradescantia

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Wandering Jew
Tradescantia zebrina