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Tradescantia zanonia

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tradescantia (trad-es-KAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: zanonia

Synonym:Campelia zanonia
Synonym:Campelia scandens
Synonym:Commelina zanonia

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Nan On Feb 10, 2006, Nan from SW, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Not as difficult to grow indoors as expected.
Does tend to get quite 'leggy'
Has a very fine red leaf margin not always noticeable in photographs, and often loses this margin in less than ideal light.

Neutral triviologist On Jul 17, 2005, triviologist from Buffalo, NY wrote:

Burns in high light- have it growing in a conservatory as a low light plant growing under a bushy ficus for shade. Do not let get dry-tips will brown. Propagate by tip cuttings.


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

Houston, Texas
Humble, Texas

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