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PlantFiles: Spotted Wandering Jew
Tinantia pringlei

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tinantia (ty-NAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: pringlei (PRING-lee-eye) (Info)

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Clint07 On Sep 7, 2014, Clint07 from Bethlehem, PA wrote:

A late sprouting, long blooming perennial shade plant in my Zone 6A garden. It's prospered here for at least six years. The blossoms are Spiderwort look-alikes. I had to consult an expert (a gardener at the Barnes Arboretum) to get a positive identification because it's rare in my circles. The speckled foliage is attractive. Said to be native to mountains in Mexico.

Positive driftmore On Apr 20, 2011, driftmore from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

This plant provides excellent late-season color and interest, even in shade gardens. While it can self-seed invasively, it is easily removed where unwanted, but it handsomely fills voids with its purple-mottled foliage that contrasts subtly with more typical greens. Undersides of leaves are purple as well, and the purple is more vivid when planted in sunnier locations. Note that it is late to re-emerge in spring, especially where shade prevents the soil from warming. But even if last season's plants don't survive the winter, the self-sown seeds will provide a new show yielding flowers by mid summer. New foliage is a distinctive grayish color when it emerges.

Neutral murchik On May 6, 2010, murchik from Pedricktown, NJ wrote:

Ordered from Plant Delights Nursery in spring of 2009 because I loved the spotted leaves and was looking for unusual plants for my shade garden. Did well in morning sun area of my shade garden, but did not survive the winter. We had unusually snowy and cold one. I took a cutting anticipating that it might not be fully hardy in my zone. The cutting rooted well, bloomed, produced seeds, but did not make it through the winter either. I scattered the seeds in a flower pot with no apparent results to the point that I reused the soil and now I have one 3 leaf plant that sprouted in a pot of something else. I am planning on growing it outside again to see if it might survive a milder winter. I will take cuttings and try to collect seeds again in the fall. The seedpods are oval and open up in three sections. In my limited experience it seems that seeds stay attached to a rib in a middle of the section when the pod first splits open, but eventually fall down. Propagation from seeds appeared easy enough as it happened on its own. I only had one seed pod that matured and not sure how many seeds were fertile.


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

, American Samoa
Pedricktown, New Jersey
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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