Aneilema acuminatum, Native Wandering Jew

Aneilema acuminatum

Native Wandering Jew
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: New Guinea
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowers

Aneilema acuminatum, also known as native wandering Jew, is a small ornamental shrub with beautiful foliage and bright, off-white flowers. Native to New Guinea and Southeast Asia, this perennial plant is easy to take care of and adds a lush touch to any garden.

This species is a fast-growing small shrub that can reach a height of two to five feet tall with attractive ovate or elliptic shaped leaves. Its leaves are greenish with a white-silver or purplish patterning. It produces white or off-white flowers that only last for a day each but bloom multiple times in a season.

Aneilema acuminatum will thrive best when planted in sandy soil in a semi-shady area that gets moderate sunlight. For optimal growth, provide regular watering throughout its growth cycle and make sure the soil drains properly. It is hardy for USDA Zones 9-11. For colder regions, the plant can be grown in a large container, which should be brought indoors over the winter season. Caring for the plant in a container should include providing enough water and ensuring it is in well-draining soil.

Overall, Aneilema acuminatum is an ideal plant to add to your garden. It is low maintenance, fast-growing and has lovely, vibrant flowers that will make any garden the envy of the neighborhood.

Aneilema acuminatum, Native Wandering Jew
Aneilema acuminatum, Native Wandering Jew

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