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)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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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:

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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:

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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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 8, 2015, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

Others have described this well, I have had it for several years. It can take a lot of sun if kept moist, will rebound after wilting. Short and small in sunny dry areas, getting taller and larger with better moisture and less sun. Weak stems probably can't stay very tall on their own, but can sprawl between other plants or just make a loose groundcover.


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.


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.


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 thre... read more