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Tradescantia “Four-coloured Spiderwort”

Latin name

Tradescantia fluminensis “Quadricolor”


(“trad-ess-SKANT-eeh-ah floo-min-EN-sis”)

Common name



Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay

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Spiderworts, or Tradescantias, are attractive plants that are often displayed as trailing houseplants from hanging pots or over the edges of pots on shelves. However, in the wild they are creeping, forming ground cover plants that can create fairly dense thickets.

Also known as Tradescantia fluminensis “Quadricolor”, the foliage on the Four-coloured Spiderwort is smaller than that found on Tradescantia zebrina, and the leaves are rounder in shape. They are also attractively patterned and coloured in shades of cream, green, pink and purple in broad stripes. Small, white three-petalled flowers are produced.

Tradescantias are named in honour of John Tradescant – gardener to Charles I, although it is not known whether he ever saw one. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant



These plants do well in shady conditions, but do not thrive under direct sunlight.


The soil should be kept moist. The plant is tolerant of heavy watering, and does not like to dry out.


The vines can be trimmed to maintain a good habit and encourage branching from the buds at the leaf nodes. Cuttings can be easily rooted to make new plants.


A weak solution of fertilizer should be added to the water at every watering

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free, but if kept high up, where the air may be warmer and less humid, you should look out for two-spotted spider mites. Other pests, such as mealybugs, might be found and they should be removed when seen.

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