TROPICAL PLANT ENCYCLOPEDIA


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Number of plants found: 10    

Cyanotis somaliensis, Tradescantia somaliensis, Furry Kittens, Pussy Ears

Cyanotis somaliensis, Tradescantia somaliensis

Furry Kittens, Pussy Ears
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Eastern Africa, Rwanda, Somalia
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowers

Evergreen perennials, related to Tradescantia, but more succulent and with greater tolerance to dry conditions. The trailing stems are almost hidden by hairy, densely ranked, lance-shaped leaves. Brightly lit spot away from direct sunlight. Keep compost moist at all time. Misting is necessary. Water liberally from spring to autumn. Water sparingly in the winter. Propagation: Cuttings.





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Tradescantia albiflora, Tradescantia fluminensis, Inch Plant, White-Flowered Wandering Jew
Tradescantia albiflora 'Albovittata'

Tradescantia albiflora, Tradescantia fluminensis

Inch Plant, White-Flowered Wandering Jew
Family: Commelinaceae
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftVine or creeperFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageIrritatingSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Very tiny leaves from 0.5 to 1 inch long. Very easy to grow, fast growing, perfect ground cover, this pretty plant is great when you need to cover soil in pots where large plants planted. It is suitable for growing indoors and in hanging baskets. Will take both sun or shade. Handling plant may cause skin irritation. May be a noxious weed or invasive.





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Tradescantia navicularis, Chain Plant

Tradescantia navicularis

Chain Plant
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Peru
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersOrnamental foliage

Creeping stems rooting at nodes; grey-green, distichous, boat-shaped leaves covered with fine hairs. Evergreen

Succulent. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.





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https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/tradescantia_navicularis.htm

Tradescantia pallida, Setcreasea pallida, Purple heart, Purple queen

Tradescantia pallida, Setcreasea pallida

Purple heart, Purple queen
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Louisiana, Florida, and Eastern Mexico
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersOrnamental foliageSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This sprawling evergreen groundcover produces deep purple foliage and stems when grown in full sun. The rather brittle stems, a foot or more high, have a tendency to flop over, creating a trailing effect which lends itself nicely to informal planting beds, rock gardens, or containers. The rather inconspicuous, three-petalled, pale pink, one-inch flowers are produced from the tips of stems and last only one morning. Will turn dark green if in poor light. Propagation: Cuttings.





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Tradescantia sillamontana, White Velvet, White Gossamer, Cobweb Spiderwort

Tradescantia sillamontana

White Velvet, White Gossamer, Cobweb Spiderwort
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Northeastern Mexico
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Fuzzy leaved spiderwort, appearing as if its leaves were covered with spiderwebs. Silver green leaves frosted with white fuzzy cobwebbing whorled around upright stems. Low growing and spreading, to 10-12" x 18", with striking magenta flowers in summer through autumn. Showy in containers or the garden. Unusual little plant for the rock garden, a pot or the top of a wall.

Found in the mountains of northern Mexico, they prefer sun and are easy growers, needing little water and generally thriving on.

Sun to light shade, well drained soils, water sparingly, don't overwater. This is a plant that enjoys neglect and mixes well with succulents.

Far hardier than appears, this overwinters at light freeze (zone 7B).





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Tradescantia sp., Tradescantia, Spiderwort
Tradescantia 'Roxxo'

Tradescantia sp.

Tradescantia, Spiderwort
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Central America, Caribbean, North America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersOrnamental foliage



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https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/tradescantia_sp.htm

Tradescantia spathacea, Rhoeo spathacea, Tradescantia discolor, Boat lily, Rheo, Oyster plant, Moses-In-The-Boat

Tradescantia spathacea, Rhoeo spathacea, Tradescantia discolor

Boat lily, Rheo, Oyster plant, Moses-In-The-Boat
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: West Indies and Mexico
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliageIrritatingSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Herb with succulent stems; leaves crowded, flat, stiff, pointed, dark green above, purple to green below; flowers at base of leaves, small, white, 3-parted, held between 2 purple bracts; fruit a capsule. Can be used to make a dense groundcover, as houseplant or in interiorscape. Watery sap can cause contact dermatitis, avoid getting sap on skin.





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Tradescantia virginiana, Tradescantia x andersoniana, Virginia Spiderwort, Lady's Tears

Tradescantia virginiana, Tradescantia x andersoniana

Virginia Spiderwort, Lady's Tears
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: North America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This group of hybrids covers a range of plants formerly listed under Tradescantia x andersoniana or Tradescantia virginiana. They are mainly low-growing perennials with fleshy, strap-like leaves.

Blue to violet-blue, rarely rose or white, flowers, lasting only a day, 0.75 to 1.5 inches (1.9-3.7 cm), from late spring to mid-summer.





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https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/tradescantia_virginiana.htm

Tradescantia zanonia, Commelina zanonia, Mexican Flag

Tradescantia zanonia, Commelina zanonia

Mexican Flag
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliage

A tropical foliage plant from Mexico, that looks like a ginger but is related to Rheo. The broad wide leaves have a strong white variegation.



Tradescantia zanonia, Commelina zanonia, Mexican Flag
Tradescantia zanonia, Commelina zanonia, Mexican Flag


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Tradescantia zebrina, Zebrina pendula, Wandering Jew

Tradescantia zebrina, Zebrina pendula

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

The Zebrina is a relatively common house plant from Tropical Americas. It is not as robust as the similar looking Tradescantia fluminensis. The species name "pendula" means "hanging".It grows outside in summer if you have a shaded, humid location in the garden. Avoid touching the watery sap of the Zebrina, since it can be a cause of skin inflammation. The flowers are inconspicuous white to pink.

The Zebrina grows rapidly if given enough water and fertilizer. The variety 'Quadricolor' has a lot of purple, but needs more sun to keep its color intensity. Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 32F. No direct sun, keep in a humid area, light shade, needs a lot of light indoor. Needs regular watering. Growth Habits: Groundcover, 6-12in tall.

Propagation: Cuttings that root easily in water.





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https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/zebrina_pendula.htm


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