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8 most common species:
Tradescantia zebrina
Silver inch plant
The silver inch plant is a popular trailing plant known for its attractive foliage with zebra-like stripes of green, silver, and purple. Tradescantia zebrina is very easy to care for and can be hung or placed indoors. The plant grows fast; the creeping stems bear roots along the way, making it suitable as ground cover.
Tradescantia spathacea
Oyster plant
Native to Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico, the oyster plant is widely cultivated as a garden plant and naturalized in the southeastern United States. Though there is no ecological damage observed, oyster plant is considered to be invasive in Florida and Louisiana due to its amount.
Tradescantia pallida
Purple heart
Tradescantia pallida is an evergreen perennial trailing plant, colloquially known as purple heart. This beautiful perennial is famous for its spectacular deep purple, pointed leaves. Purple heart is a common houseplant, but it is also often used in landscaping as a bedding plant.
Tradescantia virginiana
Virginia spiderwort
Virginia spiderwort is called 'spiderwort' because its complex leaf formations have a spider-like shape. The fine hairs found on the plant’s stamen are frequently studied under the microscope in biology classes. The violet-blue flowers and elegant leaves make this North American native a popular ornamental plant.
Tradescantia fluminensis
Small-leaf spiderwort
Tradescantia fluminensis is a ground cover plant that is most commonly found as a houseplant. This plant has oval leaves that are dark green and glossy. It will root anywhere a node is on the surface, which earns it some of its other common names, like wandering Willie and wandering gypsy.
Tradescantia ohiensis
Ohio spiderwort
Tradescantia ohiensis is named after John Tradescant (1608 - 1662), the gardener to King Charles 1. This cheerful blue flowering plant is common along roadsides, in ditches and makes a great addition to any garden. It has a unique tendency to bloom in the morning and then close in the afternoon sun.
Tradescantia sillamontana
White velvet
White velvet (Tradescantia sillamontana) is a perennial evergreen species native to northeastern Mexico. White velvet can grow in areas with very little water and is one of the most drought-tolerant species in its genus. This species won't flower if it is given too much water or too much shade. White velvet is a popular plant in ornamental rock gardens in subtropical regions and in Europe.
Tradescantia zanonia
Cohitre blanco
Cohitre blanco is a captivating plant with unique characteristics. Its vibrant colors and delicate petals make it an attractive addition to any garden. This plant is well-known for its ability to attract various insects and birds, adding a lively touch to any outdoor space. Its name origin holds an interesting story, as it is named after the renowned botanist John Tradescant. As an endangered species, it is crucial to protect and appreciate the beauty of cohitre blanco.

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Silver inch plant
Tradescantia zebrina
Silver inch plant
The silver inch plant is a popular trailing plant known for its attractive foliage with zebra-like stripes of green, silver, and purple. Tradescantia zebrina is very easy to care for and can be hung or placed indoors. The plant grows fast; the creeping stems bear roots along the way, making it suitable as ground cover.
Oyster plant
Tradescantia spathacea
Oyster plant
Native to Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico, the oyster plant is widely cultivated as a garden plant and naturalized in the southeastern United States. Though there is no ecological damage observed, oyster plant is considered to be invasive in Florida and Louisiana due to its amount.
Purple heart
Tradescantia pallida
Purple heart
Tradescantia pallida is an evergreen perennial trailing plant, colloquially known as purple heart. This beautiful perennial is famous for its spectacular deep purple, pointed leaves. Purple heart is a common houseplant, but it is also often used in landscaping as a bedding plant.
Virginia spiderwort
Tradescantia virginiana
Virginia spiderwort
Virginia spiderwort is called 'spiderwort' because its complex leaf formations have a spider-like shape. The fine hairs found on the plant’s stamen are frequently studied under the microscope in biology classes. The violet-blue flowers and elegant leaves make this North American native a popular ornamental plant.
Small-leaf spiderwort
Tradescantia fluminensis
Small-leaf spiderwort
Tradescantia fluminensis is a ground cover plant that is most commonly found as a houseplant. This plant has oval leaves that are dark green and glossy. It will root anywhere a node is on the surface, which earns it some of its other common names, like wandering Willie and wandering gypsy.
Ohio spiderwort
Tradescantia ohiensis
Ohio spiderwort
Tradescantia ohiensis is named after John Tradescant (1608 - 1662), the gardener to King Charles 1. This cheerful blue flowering plant is common along roadsides, in ditches and makes a great addition to any garden. It has a unique tendency to bloom in the morning and then close in the afternoon sun.
White velvet
Tradescantia sillamontana
White velvet
White velvet (Tradescantia sillamontana) is a perennial evergreen species native to northeastern Mexico. White velvet can grow in areas with very little water and is one of the most drought-tolerant species in its genus. This species won't flower if it is given too much water or too much shade. White velvet is a popular plant in ornamental rock gardens in subtropical regions and in Europe.
Cohitre blanco
Tradescantia zanonia
Cohitre blanco
Cohitre blanco is a captivating plant with unique characteristics. Its vibrant colors and delicate petals make it an attractive addition to any garden. This plant is well-known for its ability to attract various insects and birds, adding a lively touch to any outdoor space. Its name origin holds an interesting story, as it is named after the renowned botanist John Tradescant. As an endangered species, it is crucial to protect and appreciate the beauty of cohitre blanco.
Western Spiderwort
Tradescantia occidentalis
Western Spiderwort
Western Spiderwort, or *Tradescantia occidentalis*, is a member of the dayflower family. This species of plant is an indicator of radiation. It's normally blue-colored stamens will turn pink in the presence of radiation. It is native to the central and western United States.
Zigzag spiderwort
Tradescantia subaspera
Zigzag spiderwort
Zigzag spiderwort (Tradescantia subaspera) is an herbaceous perennial flowering species native to the United States. Zigzag spiderwort can be damaged by snails when the plant's shoots are new. This species gives off a silky, threadlike stem secretion that resembles a spider's web, which is how it got its common name.
Giant spiderwort
Tradescantia gigantea
Giant spiderwort
Giant spiderwort is a stunning purple-flowered plant that attracts bees and butterflies. It grows up to 3ft tall and is perfect for garden borders or as a statement piece in a pot.
Long-bract spiderwort
Tradescantia bracteata
Long-bract spiderwort
It is grown for its purple flowers.
Prairie spiderwort
Tradescantia occidentalis var. occidentalis
Prairie spiderwort
Prairie spiderwort is a North American native perennial with fleshy, elongated green leaves and a distinctive sprawl. Its clusters of small, three-petaled, violet-blue flowers bloom in late spring to early summer. Adaptable to various environments, it thrives particularly well in prairie-like settings with good sun exposure, contributing to its hardiness and spread. Prairie spiderwort possesses a resilience that allows it to flourish in both arid conditions and better-watered locales.
Flowering inch plant
Tradescantia cerinthoides
Flowering inch plant
Flowering inch plant is a delightful trailing plant with bright green stripes on its leaves.
Tradescantia Zebrina 'Purpusii'
Tradescantia zebrina 'Purpusii'
Tradescantia Zebrina 'Purpusii'
Tradescantia Zebrina 'Purpusii' is a stunning and boldly-colored inchplant cultivar. Instead of sporting traditional all deep green to pale green leaves, these plants have dark purple or maroon leaves, which are only sometimes intermixed with green. In warm or temperate climates, tradescantia Zebrina 'Purpusii' can be grown outside as a handsome, distinctive groundcover or in hanging baskets.
Inch plant
Tradescantia fluminensis 'Lavender'
Inch plant
Inch plant puts its parent, Tradescantia fluminensis, to shame, at least in terms of color; its green and white-striped leaves, along with the lavender undersides for which it is named, are far more striking. This plant is a popular houseplant that is ideal for small containers.
Pink furry tradescantia
Tradescantia cerinthoides 'Pink Furry'
Pink furry tradescantia
The name says it all since the leaves of Tradescantia cerinthoides 'Pink Furry' are furry and feature attractive bands of pink and green. In comparison, the parent plant has plain green leaf tops, with a purple underside. This is a popular houseplant in cooler climates but needs lots of sunlight and so pink furry tradescantia should be placed close to a window.
Purple heart 'Purpurea'
Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'
Purple heart 'Purpurea'
Purple heart 'Purpurea' is a low-maintenance houseplant with glossy pinkish-purple leaves. Native to Mexico, this plant is drought-tolerant and can withstand high temperatures. It is a great addition to any indoor garden and can be propagated easily by stem cuttings.
Inch Plant
Tradescantia zebrina 'Quadricolor'
Inch Plant
Inch Plant is cultivated from the Spiderworts genus and is easily distinguishable by its uniquely colored green, pink, purple, and silver leaves, which gives the cultivar its name. This fast grower is often used as a groundcover and is also a popular houseplant.
Spiderwort
Tradescantia sillamontana 'Variegata'
Spiderwort
Spiderwort (Tradescantia sillamontana 'Variegata') is a rare, variegated succulent species cultivated in pots for ornamental purposes. Spiderwort is a low-growing evergreen succulent that grows best in well-drained, gritty soil. This species originates in Mexico. It can grow in sun or shade, and has low watering requirements.
Spiderworts 'Tricolor Minima'
Tradescantia fuminensis 'Tricolor Minima'
Spiderworts 'Tricolor Minima'
Spiderworts 'Tricolor Minima' is a delightful houseplant that offers a stunning display of pink, white, and green foliage with delicate purple flowers. This plant has air purifying qualities and is easy to care for, making it perfect for beginners.
Tradescantia Nanouk
Tradescantia cerinthoides 'Nanouk'
Tradescantia Nanouk
Tradescantia Nanouk is specially cultivated for its hardiness and more noticeable blooms compared to other plants in the genus. It is a popular houseplant, prized for its colorful foliage and small flowers that appear during the growing season.
Aurea Wandering Jew
Tradescantia fluminensis 'Aurea'
Aurea Wandering Jew
Aurea Wandering Jew is cultivated from the Spiderworts genus and is easily distinguishable by its thick green and yellow-striped leaves. The coloring is what gives the cultivar its name. Its unique foliage and trailing stems make it a popular groundcover or houseplant. The foliage can be a skin irritant.
Giant white inch plant
Tradescantia fluminensis 'Albovittata'
Giant white inch plant
The giant white inch plant is often grown as a groundcover in warmer climates. Alboavittata means "white-belted" in Latin referring to the elegant white bands that run down this hybrid's green leaves, making it showier than its plain-leaved parent. These leaves grow on trailing stems, so this makes an excellent hanging basket plant as well.
Flowering inch plant 'Variegata'
Tradescantia cerinthoides 'Variegata'
Flowering inch plant 'Variegata'
Also known as the flowering inch plant 'Variegata', this variegated beauty features striking green and white striped leaves along with small pink blooms. Perfect for adding a pop of color to any indoor space, this houseplant thrives in bright, indirect light and consistently moist soil.
Moses-In-A-Basket
Tradescantia spathacea 'Vittata'
Moses-In-A-Basket
Moses-In-A-Basket is cultivated from the Spiderworts genus and is easily distinguishable by its green and purple foliage with a distinct yellow base that makes the cultivar popular in gardens and as a houseplant.
Spiderworts 'Green Hill'
Tradescantia 'Green Hill'
Spiderworts 'Green Hill'
Spiderworts 'Green Hill' is a spiderwort plant with characteristic lush green leaves that are of a uniform color rather than variegated color, as is common with other spiderworts. It is an indoor vine that is popular for hanging baskets. Spiderworts 'Green Hill' typically grows up to 60 cm wide and high.
Inch plant 'Maiden's Blush'
Tradescantia fluminensis 'Maiden's Blush'
Inch plant 'Maiden's Blush'
Inch plant 'Maiden's Blush' is a delightful hybrid with leaves that are a combination of green, white, and a blushing pink, which explains the plant's name. In comparison, the parent plant, Tradescantia fluminensis, has plainer all-green leaves. These are the plant's main ornamental appeal, but it also produces occasional white flowers.
Small leaf spiderwort 'Quicksilver'
Tradescantia fluminensis 'Quicksilver'
Small leaf spiderwort 'Quicksilver'
Small leaf spiderwort 'Quicksilver' stands out and is named for its beautiful striped white and silver-green leaves. Elsewhere, this low-growing plant spreads out into an attractive groundcover. Small leaf spiderwort 'Quicksilver' also makes a popular houseplant whose dangling stems are best appreciated in hanging baskets. Its flowers open one by one in the morning, closing again in the afternoon.
Striped wandering jew
Tradescantia fluminensis 'Tricolor'
Striped wandering jew
Native to South America, the species of spiderwort known as striped wandering jew (Tradescantia fluminensis 'Tricolor') is notable for its white flowers, glossy leaves, smooth stems, and ability to grow and regenerate from even small fragments of the original plant. This latter fact makes it difficult to kill with chemicals. Conversely, it does not tolerate the cold.
Spiderworts 'Quicksilver'
Tradescantia flurminensis 'Quicksilver'
Spiderworts 'Quicksilver'
Spiderworts 'Quicksilver' is a resilient, ornamental groundcover with variegated foliage. The leaves exhibit a pattern of green with striking silvery stripes, adapting well to both sun and shade. This versatility allows spiderworts 'Quicksilver' to thrive indoors as a houseplant or outdoors in gardens, where it adds a pop of color and texture. Its wandering stems readily take root, enabling it to spread gracefully over time.
Oyster plant 'Tricolor'
Tradescantia spathacea 'Tricolor'
Oyster plant 'Tricolor'
Oyster plant 'Tricolor' is a popular houseplant and it is also used to provide color and texture in warm-climate shade gardens. Its brightly-colored foliage makes this cultivar stand out from its parent plant. The leaves are striped with green and pink, with bright magenta undersides.
Speedy jenny 'Baby Bunny Bellies'
Tradescantia chrysophylla 'Baby Bunny Bellies'
Speedy jenny 'Baby Bunny Bellies'
Speedy jenny 'Baby Bunny Bellies' gets its name from its soft leaves, which are covered in fine silky hairs - like a baby rabbit. Speedy jenny 'Baby Bunny Bellies' is a climbing plant and looks great when trailing from a hanging basket. Since it can't handle freezing temperatures, it is a popular houseplant in temperate climates.
Pale puma tradescantia
Tradescantia pallida 'Pale Puma'
Pale puma tradescantia
Pale puma tradescantia is an attractive green and purple-leaved hybrid of the green-leaved Tradescantia pallida 'Pale Puma' and Tradescantia sillamontana. This low-growing plant makes an excellent groundcover or can be grown in containers as a houseplant in cooler climates, so it should be carefully placed. However, it is toxic to pets.
Inch plant
Tradescantia fluminensis 'Variegata'
Inch plant
Inch plant is a Tradescantia fluminensis cultivar that sports variegated leaves (hence the name "Variegata") with emerald green and very light green or white stripes. Relatively cold hardy, disease-resistant, and very fast-growing, these are super popular houseplants, often being grown in hanging baskets.
Boatlily 'Sitara'
Tradescantia spathacea 'Sitara'
Boatlily 'Sitara'
Boatlily 'Sitara' has eye-catching multi-colored foliage. The top sides of its leaves are green with pink variegation and margins, with darker pink undersides. This plant is popular as a houseplant due to its interesting foliage and low care needs.
Trans-pecos spiderwort
Tradescantia brevifolia
Trans-pecos spiderwort
Trans-pecos spiderwort (Tradescantia brevifolia) is so-named because it is native to the Trans-Pecos region of Texas and Northern Mexico, where it can be found growing on north-facing slopes. This is also a popular ornamental plant that spreads well as ground cover or makes an attractive container plant. However, care should be taken because it can spread aggressively.
Leatherleaf spiderwort
Tradescantia crassifolia
Leatherleaf spiderwort
Leatherleaf spiderwort is recognized by its thick, fleshy leaves that exhibit a glossy sheen, adapting well to retain moisture in arid conditions. These leaves grow densely along sturdy, sprawling stems, forming mats of greenery. Delicate, tri-petaled flowers, usually in shades of purple or pink, provide a splash of color amidst the verdant foliage, inviting pollinators to its low-growing habitat.
Pinewoods spiderwort
Tradescantia pinetorum
Pinewoods spiderwort
Pinewoods spiderwort is characterized by its narrow, pointed leaves that form a dense, grass-like clump, giving it a distinctive tufted appearance. This low-growing perennial thrives in the dappled light of pine forests, its natural habitat, which shapes its resilience and spreading habit. The subtle, three-petaled flowers, often in shades of purple or blue, nestle close to the foliage, adding a touch of understated beauty.
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Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
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Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
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Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
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Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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8 most common species:
Tradescantia zebrina
Silver inch plant
The silver inch plant is a popular trailing plant known for its attractive foliage with zebra-like stripes of green, silver, and purple. Tradescantia zebrina is very easy to care for and can be hung or placed indoors. The plant grows fast; the creeping stems bear roots along the way, making it suitable as ground cover.
Tradescantia spathacea
Oyster plant
Native to Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico, the oyster plant is widely cultivated as a garden plant and naturalized in the southeastern United States. Though there is no ecological damage observed, oyster plant is considered to be invasive in Florida and Louisiana due to its amount.
Tradescantia pallida
Purple heart
Tradescantia pallida is an evergreen perennial trailing plant, colloquially known as purple heart. This beautiful perennial is famous for its spectacular deep purple, pointed leaves. Purple heart is a common houseplant, but it is also often used in landscaping as a bedding plant.
Tradescantia virginiana
Virginia spiderwort
Virginia spiderwort is called 'spiderwort' because its complex leaf formations have a spider-like shape. The fine hairs found on the plant’s stamen are frequently studied under the microscope in biology classes. The violet-blue flowers and elegant leaves make this North American native a popular ornamental plant.
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Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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