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Tradescantia and related genera

species and cultivars

Family: Commelinaceae

The Tradescantia genus contains may species popular for gardens and as indoor or shadehouse plants, but being very fast growing and propagating from broken pieces, many have weedy tendencies. Some have previously been included in other genera including Rhoeo, Setcreasea.

Commelina and Zebrina are very similar and include plants popularly known as "wanfering Jew".

Tradescantia spathacea (syn. Rhoeo discolor, R. spathacea)

This species has been given its own page: Tradescantia spathacea

Tradescantia pallida

Synonym Setcreasea pallida. Common names include "purple heart".

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The same plant photographed under different light (sun, sun behind cloud)
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Tradescantia zebrina

Tradescantia fluminensis

Commelina diffusa

Commelina benghalensis

More Online Information

Setcreasea, Purple Heart, Purple Queen Tradescantia pallida Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Setcreasea pallida Purple Heart Cal's Plant of the Week, University of Oklahoma
Genus Tradescantia New South Wales Flora Online

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