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Silver Inch Plant

Tradescantia zebrina

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Also known as

Spiderwort, Inchplant, Wandering Dude

Silvery Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrina) 5 by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

45cm

10cm

Min

10cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

Tradescantia zebrina is a trailing, evergreen perennial species which acts as a great ground cover and climbing plant in non-frost-prone climates. It has attractive, colourful foliage and produces rosy-purple, 3-petalled flowers. In mild climates, it's a garden ornamental, cultivated for borders and also used in beds and pots. It's also grown indoors as a houseplant, but this species requires bright, indirect light, regular pruning and won't cope with freezing temperatures well. Their flowers unfold one at a time to preserve energy, usually in the morning and will generally close with the afternoon sun. They may remain open on cloudy days. Care must be taken, as it may cause allergic reaction in some pets, if ingested. Plants in the genus Tradescantia have until recently been commonly known as ‘Wandering Jew’. This name is no longer used by the horticultural world due to its historical use in supporting antisemitic stereotypes. It is best grown indoors in the UK, where temperatures frequently drop below 5 degrees Celsius.

Common problems

Botrytis disease is the grey rot associated with wet/humid conditions. Can be prevented by drying plants out in between waterings. Otherwise, they are generally disease-free.

Companion plants

Best planted on its own as it can overgrow other plants.

Harvesting

Not usually harvested.

Propagation

Seed

Cover seeds with potting soil/organic matter. Sow in Spring or towards the end of autumn.

Cuttings

Take cuttings in the spring in cooler areas/autumn in warmer areas. Stem cuttings roots quickly placed in a smaller pot with moist potting soil in a warm, bright area.

Division

Remove stems with roots and replant to new areas.

Layering

Wherever the shoots touch soil, it roots and spreads!

Special Features

Pot plant

Plant using potting mix or organic matter. Be careful not to over-water and do not let soil dry out completely, prefers evenly moist soil.

Indoor plant

Also grown as indoor plants with bright, indirect light.

Attractive leaves

Uses

Ornamental

Cultivated as a garden ornamental. It is often grown as a ground cover, mainly for its colourful foliage.

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