Wandering Jew

Tradescantia zebrina

Wandering Jew  - Tradescantia zebrina
Wandering Jew  - Tradescantia zebrina
Wandering Jew  - Tradescantia zebrina
Wandering Jew  - Tradescantia zebrina

Wandering Jew

Tradescantia zebrina

Tradescantia zebrina, commonly known as Spiderwort or Wandering Jew, is a brilliantly colored low groundcover.  The leaves have unique variegation on the top, and the underside of the leave is a vibrant contrasting deep purple.  Use Tradescantia zebrina in hanging baskets, as a bordering plant, or a low accent plant indoors.  It's native to areas of Mexico, and Central America. It can adapt to many soil types and is very easy to grow.  Keep the soil most but not soggy for best growth results.  When overwatered, root rot may develop.  The plant typically does well with no additional fertilization.  Tradescantia zebrina is also very easy to propigate from cuttings.  USDA Zones 9-12.  

NOTE:  Variegation differs per plant.  

Other names this plant may go by: Tradescantia fluminensis, T. pallida, T. zebrina


Foliage: Evergreen

Sun Exposure: Bright Indirect Light

Water Needs: Low/moderate

Bloom Season: Repeatedly

Mature Height: 6-12"

Mature Width: 1-2'

Form: Prostrate

Usda Zones: 9,10,11,12

Attributes: Indoor Plants, Tropical Garden, Shade Plants


Proper planting technique will help your plants thrive! Follow these simple steps to help your plants establish quickly, develop a strong root system, and live longer:

  • Properly dig the hole
  • Amend the soil to suit each particular plant
  • Place the plant and backfill the soil
  • Provide ample water for each particular plant
  • Review our how to plant guide!

For detailed information, please download our planting guides:

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Delivery Zone Delivery Rate
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Zone 3 $79.00
Zone 4 $99.00
Zone 5 $149.00
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