Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Tradescantia pendula (Schnizl.) D.R.Hunt

Frost tender trailing or creeping, node-rooting perennial with ovate, fleshy, bluish-green leaves, to 10cm long, with two longitudinal silvery stripes above, and rich purple beneath, and paired, terminal cymes of purple-blue flowers throughout the year.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1846.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.969/1857].


Published Mar 12, 2009 - 05:01 PM | Last updated Mar 12, 2010 - 03:09 PM

Pictured is a creeper with ovate, fleshy, blue-green leaves striped with silver.  Photograph Colin Mills.

Tradescantia pendula (Schnizl.) D.R.Hunt | Photographed in a Brisbane, Queensland garden | Colin Mills

Family Commelinaceae
Region of origin


  • Zebrina pendula Schnizl.
  • Tradescantia zebrina Hort. ex Loud.
Common Name

Wandering Jew

Name in the Camden Park Record

Tradescantia zebrina

Confidence level high