Tradescantia zebrina (COMMELINACEAE) Zebrina, Inch Plant

Weeds to Whack

Native to Mexico, Zebrina is a minor problem in dry rainforest where it is easy to remove most infestations, but almost impossible to completely eradicate. It is a relatively succulent trailing herb in the same family as the native Commelina diffusa.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Foliage and flowers

Silver green, purple leaves are clasped to the stems in sheaths. The leaves are bright purple underneath. Strongly variegated, striped like a Zebra hence the common name. Flowers are bright pink, with three petals and white stamens.