Definition of tradescantia in English:


Line breaks: trad¦es|can¦tia
Pronunciation: /ˌtradɪˈskantɪə


An American plant with triangular three-petalled flowers, especially a tender kind widely grown as a houseplant for its trailing, typically variegated, foliage. Compare with spiderwort.
  • Genus Tradescantia, family Commelinaceae
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  • I tend to grow them with grasses and similar prairie plants such as silphium, tradescantias, helleniums and asters.
  • Combine with a foreground planting of tradescantias to create a cool oasis of vibrant blues and greens.
  • All tradescantias tend to lose their lower leaves with age and should be propagated regularly.


modern Latin, named in honour of John Tradescant (see Tradescant, John).

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