Tradescantia fluminensis | Also known as: Wandering Jew, Small leaf spiderwort, White-flowered wandering Jew, Inch plant | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

A tender trailing perennial, tradescantia fluminensis is one of the most efficient options for groundcover that a gardener can hope for. A vigorous spreader, its flexible runners can root in practically any ground, producing dense foliage comprising small, lance-shaped, glossy leaves – thus its common name, the small leaf spiderwort. Some varieties have dark green foliage, and others dark with light green stripes. It can flower at any time of year, but produces small clusters of elegant white, tri-petalled, triangular blossoms. The small leaf spiderwort thrives in moist but well-drained soil in full sun, but as a tender plant, it is best to grow indoors in loam-based compost in filtered light.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.15
Spread [m]
  • 0.2
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
  • Early winter
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • stem tip cuttings
Growth habit
  • Trailing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z13-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • None
Creative category
  • For Beginners
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years