Tradescantia L.

Petals >4 mm long Tradescantia
Leaves purplish-red underneath, silvery stripes on the upper surface, lanceolate-ovate, c. 5 cm long. Leaf sheaths with long ciliate hairs. Petals pink. Filament hairs purple. Weak, procumbent or ascending, glabrous, perennial herb. Garden plant occasionally naturalized. Introd. from Mexico. Fl. spring–summer Tradescantia zebrina
Leaves green on lower surface, ovate-acute, c. 5 cm long, shining, ciliate at the base, without a distinct petiole. Petals white. Filament hairs white. Weak procumbent or ascending, perennial, herb. A common weed in shaded places. Introd. from S. America. Fl. spring–summer Wandering Jew Tradescantia fluminensis