Wandering Jew

Tradescantia zebrina

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina)
trad-es-KAN-tee-ah zeb-REE-nah
Genus:  Tradescantia
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.
Care:  Provide full sun or part shade and moist, fertile soil.
Propagation:  Root cuttings in water.
Problems:  Viruses, aphids, spider mites.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Flower Color
Purple
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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