DESCRIPTION: This trailing annual is grown for its foliage; lovely leaves of silvery green and purple, ; low maintenance, and excellent for containers or massed as groundcover BOTANICAL NAME: Tradescantia fluminensis 'Purple'OTHER NAMES: Inch...
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DESCRIPTIONThis trailing annual is grown for its foliage; lovely leaves of silvery green and purple, ; low maintenance, and excellent for containers or massed as groundcover

BOTANICAL NAME: Tradescantia fluminensis 'Purple'
OTHER NAMES: Inch Plant, Creeping Jenny
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 15 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 25-60 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Insignificant 
FLOWERING TIME: N/A
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Green
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attractive Foliage

Landscape Attributes

Red Silver Wandering Jew is an herbaceous annual with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Red Silver Wandering Jew is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Red Silver Wandering Jew will grow to be about 4-6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10-24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. 

Red Silver Wandering Jew is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the wild.

 

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