PlantFiles: White-Flowered Wandering Jew, Inch Plant, Small-leaf Spiderwort, River Spiderwort Tradescantia fluminensis
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On Apr 26, 2013, purpleinopp from Opp, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant is absolutely hardy here, 8b. I found it under shrubs completely covering the ground around 3 sides of an abandoned house where nobody has gardened for years even before they left. Great container filler, but don't drop any on the ground unless you really do want it covered.
On Oct 1, 2006, angelam from melbourne Australia wrote:
This is the sort of plant the term 'weed' was invented for. I have, after many hours work over a number of years, eradicated it from my garden. Careful manual removal by gently following strands back and loosening roots was the only way in the end. Every segment has to be removed as it can recover from the smallest portion. I have to check regularly as it tries to recolonise under fences from a neighbours garden. With us drought more than cold checks it temporarily, but there are acres of parkland in this city smothered under a blanket of this weed to such an extent the bushes it covers are unrecogniseable. It is especially bad along watercourses. Never add it to a compost heap unless its been killed by heat first.
On Mar 11, 2005, SamIAm336 from Erie, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:
This is a great plant for low light offices. I seems to thrive on artificial light. I have one in my office. It started as a cutting 2 years ago, now there are bits of this plant everywhere in our office. Anyone who wants one has a cutting from my original.
On Jan 5, 2005, mspam from FRANKLIN, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Tradescantia fluminensis is listed as a noxious weed by Florida Dept of Ag and/or USDA. I just purchased residence in Pasco County FL (z9a) where former owner planted in yard and this plant is competing with everything in its way (including the grass). Personally I would avoid planting any of the wandering jews outside of a container in any zone there's even a remote possibility of surviving outdoors.
On Apr 21, 2004, nancyanne from Lafayette, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:
This plant, in my zone 9a, is terribly, terribly invasive. I believe that the previous owner of our home planted out a potted bit of this, and now we are literally overrun with it. It is not at all 'tender'. It covers everything, ground, tree, foliage plant, brick, wood, fence, etc.
There is nothing in the herbicide arsenal that will kill it or even slow it down.
Be very cautious!
On Dec 7, 2002, Mitjo from Lappeenranta Finland (Zone 3a) wrote:
very easy to grow and it really doesnt need much light!
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Horn Hill, Alabama San Francisco, California Westminster, Colorado Lutz, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Emporia, Kansas Bunkie, Louisiana Hammond, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Holland, Michigan Jackson Heights, New York Pittsfield, Pennsylvania Broaddus, Texas Mont Belvieu, Texas San Antonio, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas