Wandering Jew Plant

Tradescantia zebrina

The Wandering Jew, a fast growing easy care plant that closely resembles a spiderwort, is a perfect plant to hang in front of a window that gets bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. The Zebrina variety has long vines covered in small stemless leaves about 2” in length. These colorful zebra patterned leaves are green with purple stripes and a silver shine. The underside of the leaf is a deep purple or magenta color. There are several other types of Wandering Jew that may have pink, off white, or bronze stripes. The Fluminensis variety of Tradescantia has small solid green leaves and white flowers while the Palida variety has purple leaves with white, purple, or pink flowers. Wandering Jew, native to South America and Mexico is commonly used in southeast Mexico in the region of Tabasco, as a cold herbal tea, which is named Matali.