Tradescantia L.

Tradescantia is a genus of ca. 70 species, native in temperate and tropical regions in the Americas. Several are widely cultivated for ornament.

  • Plant creeping, rooting at the nodes. Leaves broadly ovate to lanceolate, 2,5-5 x 1-2 cm. Petals always white, 8-9 mm (but often reluctant to flower outdoors) === 1. Tradescantia fluminensis
  • Plant erect, usually not rooting at the nodes. Leaves lanceolate to linear, 13-37 x 0,4-2,5 cm. Petals usually blue, more rarely purple, rose or white, 12-20 mm === 2. T. virginiana



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Hertweck K.L. & Pires J.C. (2014) Systematics and evolution of inflorescence structure in the Tradescantia alliance. Syst. Bot. 39(1): 105-116.

Hunt D.R. (1984b) Tradescantia. In: Walters S.M. & al. (eds.), The European Garden Flora, vol. 2. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 30-31.

Jäger E.J., Ebel F., Hanelt P. & Müller G. (eds.) (2008) Rothmaler Band 5. Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Krautige Zier- und Nutzpflanzen. Springer Verlag, Berlin: 880 p.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith