Tradescantia navicularis (Chain Plant), native to Peru, is a low-growing evergreen succulent that forms a groundcover. It can reach heights of up to two feet when mature, and can easily be spread and transplanted due to its roots which form at the stem nodes. Its fine hairs and boat-shaped grey-green leaves make it an attractive, ornamental foliage that can create a unique texture in any garden or landscape.
This plant is well suited to a wide range of climates and growing conditions, however it thrives best in humid and semi-shaded environments. Tradescantia navicularis requires moderate levels of water and is drought tolerant, making it easy to care for. It blooms pink flowers throughout the summer and autumn months, adding a unique charm to this small shrub which typically reaches a height of two to five feet.
It grows well in USDA Zones 9-11. Growing Tradescantia navicularis in cold regions usually require planting it in a pot, since it is not cold hardy. This will also make it easier for you to move the plant indoors if temperatures drop too low. Make sure to use an adequately sized pot and ensure the soil is moist but not over-saturated, too much water can cause root rot. It is best to provide the plant with a semi-shaded area, and to water it consistently throughout the spring and summer months. During the winter, reduce watering to every three weeks or so. With proper care, your Tradescantia navicularis will thrive and bring beautiful pink flowers and ornamental foliage to your garden.