2 years to reach maturity
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Small Leaf Spiderwort Overview
Tradescantia fluminensis is an attractive evergreen perennial in the spiderwort family, Commelinaceae. It can be used as groundcover in non-frost-prone climates. It has attractive, green foliage and produces white, 3-petalled flowers. In mild climates its a garden ornamental, cultivated for borders and also used in beds and pots. It's also grown as indoors as a houseplant, but this species requires bright, indirect light and won't cope with freezing temperatures well. The 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, this species requires a good amount of light and pruning for the best outcome. When planted in hanging containers, the attractive foliage cascades down with a trailing habit. 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.
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How to propagate Small Leaf Spiderwort
Softwood cuttings of stem tips in spring or summer when the plant is in active growth.
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