Tradescantia zebrina Hort ex Bose, Vollst. Handb. Bl.- Gartm. 4: 655. 1849.
Zebrina pendula Schnizlein. ‘Wondering-Jew’
Herbs, decumbent. Leaves 2-ranked; blade variegated, abaxially reddish purple, adaxially striped green and white, lanceolate-elliptic to ovate-elliptic, 3-9 x1.5-3 cm, base oblique, cuneate, apex acute to acuminate. Inflorescence terminal, consisting of pairs of sessile cymes enclosed in sheath of spathaceous bracts, pedunculate; spathaceous bracts foliaceous, reduced. Flowers subsessile; sepals basally connate, 4-5 mm,; petals pink, clawed, claws basally connate forming tube; stamens epipetalous; filaments bearded. Capsules 3-locular; locules 2-seeded.
Flowering: September to February.Distribution: Native to Tropical America; introduced as garden ornamental.