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Wandering Jew

Tradescantia zebrina


Another one of my favorites from my garden. This is wandering jew, or the inchplant. So called cause it grows an inch a day, and I'm not kidding. The name wandering jew is shared by the other members of its genus. It gets the name "Zebrina" from the waxy purple and green striped foliage it exhibits.A low lying semi-succulent T. zebrina spreads in mats rooting anywhere its stems touch water or sufficiently moist soil. A very hardy and popular plant with gardeners for this very reason. T. zebrina can regenerate from cuttings, and if left unchecked can run rampant.


Incredibly widespread. Native to Mexico, Central America and Colombia, but can also be found from Belize to El Salvador and Panama, as well as on the Caribbean islands. It is naturalized in parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, and various oceanic islands.

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