Definition of tradescantia in English:


Syllabification: trad·es·can·tia
Pronunciation: /ˌtradəˈskanCH(ē)ə, -tēə


  • An American plant with triangular three-petaled 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 honor of J. Tradescant (see Tradescant, John).

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