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Tradescantia bossfeldiana - Flowering Inch Plant

Tradescantia bossfeldiana just looks like it should be tender. This variety of Flowering Inch Plant is really a tough plant, capable of withstanding heat, drought, and a surprisingly cold Winter. Tradescantia bossfeldiana has leaves that are green on top and purple underneath, the flowers are pink on the tips and go to white in the center. Tradescantia bossfeldiana tends to break off in large chunks if it is in a traffic area, and a few passes by the dogs or wild kids will finish off all connection of the foliage to the ground. But plant the Flowering Inch Plant in a quiet section of the yard in sun or shade and the stems can grow up to 2 feet long in a season. The broken pieces are easy to start in a fresh pot of potting mix. The Tradescantia bossfeldiana foliage is hardy through the twenties, the roots significantly colder. Tradescantia bossfeldiana grows to a foot or so tall and trails a couple of feet. If plants are limited by frost the rooted clump will expand a few inches a year. If pieces are allowed to root Tradescantia bossfeldiana can progress much more rapidly. Tradescantia bossfeldiana is a great potted plant and works well when sited on an indoor windowsill.

Tradescantia bossfeldiana, Flowering Inch Plant

Pink fading to white flowers, fuzzy purple sepals, leaves are green above and purple below - Tradescantia bossfeldiana - Flowering Inch Plant. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.