Definition of tradescantia in US English:



  • 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 Commelinaceae

    Compare 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.’
    • ‘Combine with a foreground planting of tradescantias to create a cool oasis of vibrant blues and greens.’
    • ‘I have several daylilies and tradescantias with well developed flower buds.’
    • ‘I tend to grow them with grasses and similar prairie plants such as silphium, tradescantias, helleniums and asters.’
    • ‘All tradescantias tend to lose their lower leaves with age and should be propagated regularly.’


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