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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Wandering Jew Tradescantia zebrina View the discussion thread.