Tradescantia zebrina Bosse

Wandering Jew

Creeping or scandent herb, rooting at nodes. Leaves ovate-oblong to broadly ovate, 4-10 cm, green and silver-striped above, purplish beneath. Inflorescences terminal, stalked, bracts unequal. Flowers pink or violet-blue; year round. Sepals transparent. Petal lobes ovate. [Zebrina pendula Sohnizl.]


Widely naturalised in the tropics and in Australia in Queensland and New South Wales.

Widely cultivated ornamental for shady, moist places.

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 zebrina 'Purpusii'

Leaves bronze-purple, flowers pink.

Tradescantia zebrina 'Quadricolor'

Leaves with green, cream, pink and silver stripes.

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