Tradescantia fluminensis - Plant
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Description for Tradescantia fluminensis
Tradescantia fluminensis is a species of spiderwort native to South America. It is one of several plants known by the common name wandering Jew. It is also known as small-leaf spiderwort, river spiderwort, inch plant, wandering trad, wandering willie, wandering gypsy.
Planting and care
There s a number of tradescantia varieties very similar in looks, how they re grown and their growth habit, including the T. zebrina (has dark green leaves with silver bands)
the T. fluminensis variegata with cream stripes and quicksilver which has white stripes. Then theres the T. pallida from the same genus which is sometimes named wandering jew plant, but looks very different from the T. fluminensis and zebrina.
Caring for Tradescantia fluminensis
- Wandering jew plants are pretty simple to care for and maintain, although providing plenty of bright light is important.
- Tradescatia naturally become spindly and need to be pruned regularly and pinching stems will encourage fuller growth, improving it s appearance.
Typical uses of Tradescantia fluminensis
Special features: Foliage: Fleshy oval or lance shaped leaves are produced from the pendant stems (growing a couple of feet or so long). Flowering: The small non showy flowers are white in color, appearing during summer usually and at other times (depending on the conditions).
Ornamental use: Garden Uses As a houseplant, grow in hanging baskets or along shelves. Ground cover where it can be grown outdoors.
Medicinal use: The plant is resistant to chemical control as a result of its glossy leaves and smooth stems, along with its ability to regenerate from small surviving pieces.
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