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PlantFiles: Wandering Jew, Inch Plant
Tradescantia fluminensis 'Variegata'

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tradescantia (trad-es-KAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: fluminensis (floo-min-EN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

One vendor has this plant for sale.

22 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral catnipcats On Aug 16, 2014, catnipcats from Ormond Beach, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a positive or a negative experience depending upon your needs. I have the purple and silver, stripped leaf, variety of the Wandering Jew. It is so happy here in some sun and mostly shade or mottled shade. I don't feed it however we had had a very wet summer. It has nearly covered the yard but easy to pull up. Anyone is welcome to collect as much as they need. Let me know..

Positive bjluchion On Oct 24, 2009, bjluchion from Camden, MS wrote:

Wanted Tradiscantia fluminensis wandering jew green& white, Thanks

Positive Xeramtheum On Jun 3, 2009, Xeramtheum from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I really like this plant and grow it primarily in my greenhouse. I have made attempts to sequester different patterns of the variegation. I'd really like to have a basket with leaves that are half green and half white. It is very easy to root and grow.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Calistoga, California
Crockett, California
Los Angeles, California
Daytona Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Kennebunkport, Maine
Pittsfield, Pennsylvania
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Richlands, Virginia
Liberty, West Virginia

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