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PlantFiles: Tradescantia, Trapoeraba
Tradescantia diuretica

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

Synonym:Tripogandra diuretica


under 6 in. (15 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Monocromatico On Jan 1, 2006, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This herb is native from tropical Americas, and its preffered habitat is the humid and moisty soils near rivers, around bogs, swamps and lakes, or even humid parts of grasslands and forests. It grows fast, but itīs not as agressive as other Commelinaceae. It bears a reputation of having medicinal properties (the specific name "diuretica" reflects its popular use as stimullant for the kidneys).


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

Swansea, South Carolina

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