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tradescantia

Syllabification: trad·es·can·tia
Pronunciation: /ˌtradəˈskanCH(ē)ə, -tēə
 
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Definition of tradescantia in English:

noun

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
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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