One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An American plant with triangular three-petaled flowers, especially a tender kind widely grown as a houseplant for its trailing, typically variegated, foliage.
Genus Tradescantia, family CommelinaceaeCompare with spiderwort
- ‘They, along with the self sown tradescantias, violets, hollyhocks and dame's rocket are part of the greater urban garden.’
- ‘Since I've never had any tradescantias previously, I don't know what to compare it to, but I look forward to dividing this one and getting a few more.’
- ‘All tradescantias tend to lose their lower leaves with age and should be propagated regularly.’
- ‘I tend to grow them with grasses and similar prairie plants such as silphium, tradescantias, helleniums and asters.’
- ‘I have several daylilies and tradescantias with well developed flower buds.’
- ‘Combine with a foreground planting of tradescantias to create a cool oasis of vibrant blues and greens.’
Modern Latin, named in honor of John Tradescant (see Tradescant, John).
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