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Tradescantia spathacea 'Hawaiian Dwarf'

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tradescantia (trad-es-KAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: spathacea (spath-ay-SEE-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Hawaiian Dwarf
Additional cultivar information: (aka Variegata)

Synonym:Rhoeo bermudensis
Synonym:Rhoeo spathacea nana variegta
Synonym:Tradescantia bermudensis

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32 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics On Nov 22, 2013, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Picked one up in spring or early summer to give it a try. Previous Rhoeo's I tried almost 20 years ago never did too well,and then would rot out in winter. Well,so far so good into almost December. Its in a pot,on the porch protected from cold rains and I hope, snails. It outgrew that spring pot and is in a 8" for for now,a few shoots filling in. And hopefully, the bay area's run of mild winters will go on..
APRIL 14 EDIT: It made it through the winter on my front porch and is now off and growing new larger growth. It survived a brief deep freeze in December,yet this was our warmest winter on record. Warmest,not mildest,so it must be somewhat cold hardy. BAIT,like you've never baited,and filtered sun works for me. Full sun could be better,I just haven't tried that yet. It looks too good on the porch to move!

Positive sly2kusa On Feb 7, 2013, sly2kusa from Placentia, CA wrote:

Bought this gorgeous plant last Summer out a Home Depot for some shaded gardening I was doing for my Mom, and it was such a standout! It finally started to have some problems around January this year, but I cut back the dead stuff, and it has begun to grow new shoots again. Great color, but did not get any flowers from it. It's in a small sized container that it came in. Have not fertilized it yet, but from the looks of the pH it tolerates, I might try some Nitrogen based organic stuff later in Spring this year.

Neutral creash On Oct 4, 2012, creash from Logansport, IN wrote:

While this plant is supposed to be hardy, I just can't seem to get mine healthy. I water it more, water it less, less light, more just won't pull through. I can't seem to find any conditions this plant will do well in.


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

Irvington, Alabama
Brea, California
Hayward, California
Placentia, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Brooksville, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Naples, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Riverview, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Tucker, Georgia
Mililani, Hawaii
Gonzales, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Scott, Louisiana
Clinton, Mississippi
Charlotte, North Carolina
Fort Mill, South Carolina
Aransas Pass, Texas
Austin, Texas
Broaddus, Texas
Brownsville, Texas
Freeport, Texas
Houston, Texas
Port Arthur, Texas

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