Tradescantia fluminensis Vell.

Wandering Jew

Prostrate creeping herb, rooting at the nodes. Leaves ovate to ovate-oblong 2-10 cm. Inflorescence subtended by leaf-like bracts. Flowers recurved after flowering; year round. Petals white. [T. albiflora Kunth]

Brazil to Argentina


Naturalised in Australia. Although the wild type is an aggressive weed, several forms are cultivated as ornamentals. Annual in hot dry climates, the plants can overwinter as rootstocks in cold areas.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Commelinaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Tradescantia fluminensis 'Albovittata'

Leaves pale green above with longitudinal white stripes and purple below.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Commelinales
family       Commelinaceae
genus        Tradescantia L.