Wandering Jew Plant

Tradescantia zebrina

The Wandering Jew Plant, 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 of the Wandering Jew Plant has long vines covered in small stemless leaves about 2” in length. The colorful zebra patterned leaves of the Zebrina Wandering Jew Plant are green with purple stripes and a silver shine. The underside of the leaf of a Zebrina Wandering Jew Plant is a deep purple or magenta color. There are other types of Wandering Jew Plants that may have pink, off -white, or bronze stripe in their leaves. The Fluminensis variety of the Wandering Jew Plant has small solid green leaves and white flowers while the Palida variety of the Wandering Jew Plant has purple leaves with white, purple, or pink flowers. Wandering Jew Plants, native to South America and Mexico, are commonly used in the Tabasco region of Mexico as a cold herbal tea called Matali.