Tradescantia Zebrina, or Wandering Dude, is one of the most colorful trailing houseplants with beautiful variegated purple and green foliage. This fast-growing plant is a member of the spiderwort family (Commelinaceae). In warm climates, Zebrina can be grown outdoors as a groundcover.
Tradescantia Zebrina has succulent stems with oval light green leaves and purple variegation. The underside of the leaves has a vibrant purple color. Bright light intensifies the color of this plant, but intense, scorching sun, on the other hand, makes the variegation fade.
Tradescantia Zebrina is incredibly easy to grow, and it adapts well to most indoor environments. Zebrina is a wonderful ornamental plant for any living space, adding a bold touch of nature to your home and office.
Zebrina is a fast-grower, and regular pruning would encourage branching and make it bushier. This plant is perfect for tall planters and hanging baskets.
Tradescantia Zebrina produces small light purple flowers that have 3 petals and yellow anthers. This plant rarely blooms indoors.
Tradescantia Zebrina needs plenty of bright, indirect sunlight to maintain its variegation. Low light will make its color fade. However, it does not tolerate direct harsh sunlight, which would burn its leaves.
Tradescantia Zebrina needs regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist. Water about once a week or whenever the soil begins to dry. Drain well to avoid excess water retained in the soil.
Tradescantia Zebrina isn't picky when it comes to picking the right soil. However, it grows best with a well-draining, nutrient-filled potting mix. It is recommended that you mix some vermiculite or peat moss with general houseplant soil to increase moisture retention.
This plant thrives in temperatures between 55°F-80°F and high humidity (over 50%). It does not grow well in temperatures below 50°F. It is recommended that you mist your plant and use a humidifier when the environment is too dry (humidity level falls below 50%).
This plant should be fertilized once per month during the growing season (spring/summer) with diluted houseplant fertilizer.
This plant is mildly toxic if ingested, so keep it out of reach of pets and children.
USDA Zone 10-12
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)