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Tradescantia pallida 'Variegata'

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Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tradescantia (trad-es-KAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: pallida (PAL-lid-duh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

Synonym:Setcreasea pallida

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Groundcovers
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pink

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Variegated
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering
By serpentine layering
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive foxhead128 On Aug 20, 2013, foxhead128 from New York, NY wrote:

I can see why this plant could be called a weed, but as a houseplant, it is quite attractive and grows very quickly. It seems to prefer bright light, as too little will cause the leaves to turn plain green. Watering is quite flexible, though I advise using a bit of common sense.

Neutral dmtom On Aug 19, 2010, dmtom from Deep South, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

My mother grew these as a house plant when I was young. Here at the tip 'o Texas they are called weeds, controlled by mowing or digging up ALL the tubers and roots.

Regional...

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

Conway, Arkansas
Valley Village, California
Fort Myers, Florida
Ponce De Leon, Florida
Gainesville, Georgia
Indianapolis, Indiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dunellen, New Jersey
Harlingen, Texas



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