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What Is This Houseplant? Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrine)

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Tradescantia zebrine is a perennial, native to southern Mexico and other Central American countries. It is typically sold and grown as a trailing houseplant in cooler climates. This is a guide about the houseplant Wandering Jew (Tradescantia Zebrine).


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January 30, 2017

I bought this from a flea market in Florida. It is a hanging plant with green and purple leaves.


January 30, 20170 found this helpful

From the picture it looks like a purple wandering Jew plant.

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January 30, 20171 found this helpful

That plant is a wandering Jew plant; I have grown them in potting soil and in water. The plant I grew in water was kept on my kitchen windowsill in a large vase filled with water and small river rocks. I changed the water daily and rinsed the vase out to keep mold and scum from forming around the roots. The plant climbed all over the windowsill and around the window.

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October 23, 2008

Can anyone help identify the name of this plant? It's a hanging pot plant, that I am learning blooms in the fall. I purchased it this past spring, and totally forgot what kind of plant the seller said that it was. I would really like to be able to look it up online to see how to take care of it in fall and winter, but don't know the name of it or what family it's from. I can send a closer picture if requested. Please help, and thank you in advance.


Hardiness Zone: 8a

Deone from Atlanta, GA


October 24, 20080 found this helpful

The picture doesn't show enough for us to help you. Take a photo of just the leaves and flowers if it has them closer up so it can be identified.

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October 25, 20080 found this helpful

It's gorgeous. Send a close-up photo and I'm sure someone will id it for you.

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October 25, 20080 found this helpful

Need to see what a leaf looks like. Closeup please.

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October 25, 20080 found this helpful

It looks like it could be some type of wandering jew but I can't see the leaves well enough to be sure.

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January 21, 20100 found this helpful

Possibly Swedish Ivy?

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July 15, 20100 found this helpful

Maybe Creeping Jenny.

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