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Small Leaf Spiderwort 'Quicksilver'

Tradescantia fluminensis 'Quicksilver'

Tradescantia.albiflora.(fluminensis) by LucaLuca (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Small Leaf Spiderwort 'Quicksilver' Overview

The cultivar Tradescantia fluminensis 'Quicksilver' is an attractive evergreen perennial from the spiderwort family. It can be used as groundcover in non-frost-prone areas but in temperate climates, it is more often grown as a houseplant indoors. It has attractive, green foliage striped with white and produces white, 3-petalled flowers. When grown indoors as a houseplant, this species requires bright, indirect light and won't cope with freezing temperatures well. Its 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, When planted in hanging containers, the attractive foliage cascades down with an attractive trailing habit. Pruning is advised to encourage branching. 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.

Common problems with Small Leaf Spiderwort 'Quicksilver'

How to propagate Small Leaf Spiderwort 'Quicksilver'


Softwood cuttings of stem tips in spring or summer when the plant is in active growth.

Special features of Small Leaf Spiderwort 'Quicksilver'

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves