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Scientific Name: Tradescantia pallida
Pronunciation: trad-ess-KANT-ee-uh PAL-ih-duh
Common Name: wandering Jew , spiderwort
Family Name: Commelinaceae
Plant Type: Flowering pot plant, Annual
Key ID Features: Stems thick but fragile; leaves pointed, lanceolate-oblong to oblong-elliptic, bases sheathing the stem, to 15 cm long; flowers with 3 pink petals, about 2 cm wide, in small clusters.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Arching
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:0.2 - 0.4m
Spread:0.3 - 0.6m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: Mexico
Hardiness Rating: Zone 10: (-1 to 4 C)
Exposure: Filtered shade, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Landscape Uses: Container planting
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars shown or on campus include T. 'Purpurea'.
wandering Jew , spiderwort
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Leathery, Parallel venation
Surfaces: Glabrous
Colour in Fall: Purple
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic, Lanceolate, Oblanceolate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Sheathing
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Flowers clustered
Flower Morphology:
Number of Petals:3
Corolla Shape:Rotate/stellate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, Pink, White, Purple
Flower Time at Peak: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time: Oct, Nov
Additional Info: Not showy

Bark or Stem Colour: n/a

Plant Care:
Maintenance:Low maintenance plant
Pest Susceptibility: Caterpillar or cutworm, Slugs or snails, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant )
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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