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Tradescantia fluminensis #1 | by J.G. in S.F.
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Tradescantia fluminensis #1

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Commelinaceae - South America


Wandering Jew; Wandering Willie


Shown: Detail of flowers


"Tradescantia fluminensis is a species of spiderwort native to South America. It is one of several plants known by the common name Wandering Jew. It is also known as River Spiderwort, Small-Leaf Spiderwort, Inch Plant, Wandering Trad, Wandering Willie and Wandering Gypsy.


"T. fluminensis is a perennial ground cover that spreads along the ground with soft, hairless stems and leaves. The fleshy stems root at any node that is on the surface. The plant has oval, dark-green leaves with pointed tips that are shiny, smooth and slightly fleshy about 1.25 - 2.5 inches long. The flowers are white with three petals and approx. 0.5 - 1 inch in diameter. They are produced in small clusters in summer but do not produce seeds.


"T. fluminensis is considered an invasive species, noxious weed, or pest plant in many places and is consequently targeted for eradication. Seriously affected areas include Australia, New Zealand, and the southeastern United States." (Wikipedia)


Photographed in my garden in San Francisco, California

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Taken on May 12, 2012