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Silver Inch Plant

Tradescantia zebrina

("trad-ess-SKANT-eeh-ah zeb-REE-nah")


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.

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Pets & Children

The watery sap can be irritiating with repeated handling

foli8 Coir Pot Size - read here


Country of Origin

Mexico, Central America and Columbia

Habitat Conditions

These plants are found in thickets in wetlands and tropical rainforests of Central and South America, often on stones in shady and open areas, or on river banks.

Plant Care


These plants are tolerant of low light, but well in slightly brighter conditions, but not direct sunlight


Despite being slightly succulent, these plants do well in moist (but not wet) soil. They will tolerate irregular watering.


The vines can be trimmed to maintain a good habit and encourage branching from the buds at the leaf nodes. Cuttings can be easily rooted to make new plants.


A weak solution of fertilizer should be added to the water at every watering

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free, but if kept high up, where the air may be warmer and less humid, you should look out for two-spotted spider mites. Other pests, such as mealybugs, might be found and they should be removed when seen.

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