Tradescantia zebrina, Zebrina pendula, Wandering Jew

Tradescantia zebrina, Zebrina pendula

Wandering Jew
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Tropical America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterPink flowersSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This low-growing, 2ft plant thrives in semi-shade, coastal, and even salt-tolerant sites. Although, it does need regular watering, either in the form of irrigation or rain. The Tradescantia zebrina is a versatile flower that can bloom with small bright pink blooms, contrasting against its uniquely patterned leaves. It's particularly popular as a groundcover or hanging plant. The Tradescantia zebrina is hardy to USDA Zone 9-11, making it an attractive and resilient choice for warm-weather gardens.

It is relatively easy to care for. The soil should be kept lightly damp so that it's evenly moist, but not soggy. It should also be fertilized during the growing season. The Tradescantia zebrina can be grown in partial shade, such as under trees or on porches or balconies, or in containers placed in cooler, shadier locations, such as near a north or east-facing wall. However, it will need regular water and fertilizer to help it thrive and will require more frequent watering in hotter weather and if it's in full sun.

For those in colder climates, successful Tradescantia zebrina growth in pots can be achieved in unheated rooms or greenhouses during the winter, and can be brought outdoors during the summer. The plants should be placed in a bright, sunny spot with good air circulation. The pot should be watered regularly, and the soil should be kept lightly moist. It is also important to ensure that the plants receive adequate light during the winter, so they can maintain their vibrant colouration.

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