About Wandering Jew
Wandering Jews are characterized by their striking purple, green, and silver tricolor leaves. They have recently acquired the alternative name of ‘wandering dude.’
Wandering Jew plants are known for their ability to trail and cascade, making them perfect for hanging baskets or as a trailing plant in a mixed container. They’re low-maintenance, tolerate low light levels, and are incredibly easy to propagate.
While wandering Jew plants are classified as succulents, they have slightly different environmental preferences than most succulents.
The botanical name of the wandering Jew plant is Tradescantia zebrina. It is a member of the Commelinaceae family, which includes around 652 flowering plants in tropical and subtropical regions.
The wandering Jew plant is a herbaceous perennial, meaning it is a non-woody plant that lives for multiple growing seasons and dies back to the ground each winter when grown outside. As a houseplant, the wandering Jew will grow year-round but not produce much new growth in the colder months.
The wandering Jew plant is native to Mexico and Central America.
The wandering Jew plant is a trailing herbaceous perennial with long, slender stems. The leaves of the wandering Jew plant are typically lance-shaped and range in color from green to purple, with a silver stripe running down the center of each leaf.
The leaves are also slightly fleshy and covered in fine, soft hairs.
The plant produces small, three-petaled flowers that are usually pink or white but are not as showy as the foliage.
Types Of Wandering Jew Plants
Here are a few of the most popular varieties:
The most common wandering Jew plant is radescantia zebrina. It has green variegated leaves with a silver stripe down the center and purple undersides.
Tradescantia fluminensis has green leaves with white stripes down the center and are sometimes confused with Tradescantia zebrina.
Tradescantia pallida is also called purple heart or purple queen. It has purple leaves that turn almost black in bright light.
Tradescantia albiflora has green leaves with white or cream-colored stripes and produces small white flowers.
Tradescantia spathacea, or Moses-in-a-cradle, has long, pointed green leaves and produces small white flowers surrounded by a boat-shaped purple bract.
Tradescantia fluminensis, or “Variegata,” has striped leaves of green and cream.
Wandering Jew Styling
Here are a few ideas for styling your wandering Jew plant:
The cascading and trailing growth habit of the wandering Jew plant make it an excellent choice for a hanging basket. Choose a basket that matches your decor and hang it in a sunny location where the plant can receive indirect sunlight.
With some training, the wandering Jew plant can be grown up a trellis or other support to create a climbing effect. This is a great way to add vertical interest to your home decor.
Wandering Jew plants can be grown in a terrarium or other partially enclosed container, which creates a humid environment that the plant enjoys.
If you have a smaller wandering Jew plant, style it as a tabletop display by placing it in a decorative pot or container and using it as a centerpiece on a coffee table or dining table.