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The Silver Inch Plant, or Tradescantia zebrina, is a beautiful houseplant with unique patterned leaves and a subtle pop of colour.
Tradescantias are attractive plants that are often displayed as trailing plants from hanging pots or over the edges of pots on shelves. However, in the wild they are creeping, mat-forming ground cover plants that can created fairly dense thickets.
The foliage is strikingly patterned, with a deep magenta underside and a zebra-striped top surface of silver and blue-green. The surface of the leaf is often slightly metallic in appearance and reflects light quite effectively. The stems are semi-succulent and small, pink-purple three-petalled flowers are produced.
Tradescantias are named in honour of John Tradescant - gardener to Charles I, although it is not known whether he ever saw one.