Wandering Jew

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Botanical name: Zebrina Pendula or Tradescantia Albiflora

Plant type: Houseplant

Sun exposure: Part Sun

Wandering Jews (Tradescantias) are valued for their stripes of white, green, silver, and purple colors in their leaves. They have trailing vines that flow from it's base and are very easy to care for. 


  • Grow in all-purpose potting mix in either a pot or hanging basket. 
  • Select a location that delivers medium to bright light.
  • The room temperature should be between 55 and 75 degrees F.


  • Water completely and allow the soil to dry before watering again.  You can water less during the winter months of its resting period.
  • Provide fertilizer twice a month. 
  • You can re-root the long stem tips by cutting in the spring and summer. Just make sure the stems are 3 inches long and the plant will root within 3 weeks.


Aphids tend to be a problem on the stems and leaves.  To rid of them, pinch off the infected stems and spray the plant with water.


This plant can also be grown

By Melissa m

This plant can also be grown in just water so long as the vase or jar is clear. It does not need soil

Is this plant poisonous to

By Pearl Dacks

Is this plant poisonous to Cats if eaten...?

According to the ASPCA poison

By Almanac Staff

According to the ASPCA poison list, the Wandering Jew is toxic to dogs but non-toxic to cats.

thanks very much!!

By Pearl Dacks

thanks very much!!

I love plants in a home. It

By Casie

I love plants in a home. It really makes the home feel fresh and crisp.

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