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/Lavender Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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