The Striped Wonder of the Plant World

Say hello to the Tradescantia Zebrina, a plant that's as fun to grow as it is to say. Known by its common names, Inch-plant and Wandering Jew, this plant is a true standout in the botanical world. Its vibrant colors and unique growth pattern make it a favorite among plant enthusiasts and beginners alike.

Tradescantia zebrina

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Low Water Needs

Requires occasional watering (once a week), resilient to some dryness.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Highly Adaptable Soil pH

Suitable for all pH environments, from acidic to alkaline.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Low Safety Risks For Pets

This plant has minimal safety concerns for pets.


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About Tradescantia zebrina

The Tradescantia Zebrina is a carpeting plant that grows to a height of about half a foot and can spread up to 2 feet wide. Its leaves are a stunning mix of pewter, jade, and mauve stripes, giving it a snowy appearance. In the late season, vernal season, summertime, and chilly period, it blooms with beautiful plum and pearl flowers.

Despite its common name, Wandering Jew, the Tradescantia Zebrina is not a nomad. It's actually a native of Mexico and Central America!

Also known as

Wandering jew

Our design recommendations

The Tradescantia Zebrina is perfect for collective planting and creating bunches. Its standout margin makes it a great choice for adding a pop of color to your garden or indoor plant collection. This plant is versatile and can be placed in a variety of locations. It thrives in vessels, overhead planters, and indoor settings. It can also be used in native plant areas, verandas, swimming areas, rock barriers, and banks.