Wham Bam Thank You Glam

|Tradescantia zebrina|

|Tradescantia zebrina|

Here's one of those plants that a lot of people overlook.  Tradescantia zebrina is what most would consider a typical house or office plant but it really is a whole lot more.  With its trailing stems and rich purple glam foliage striped on the surface in greenish silvers, pinks, and reds it begs to be used for more than just a forgotten plant in the corner of some dentist's office.  Get creative.  Why not use it as a filler plant to put some wham bam thank you glam in a container holding a tall specimen plant?  I love throwing a little Tradescantia zebrina into the mix.  It fills spaces where you would otherwise see dirt.  It spills out onto places where you would otherwise have an expressionless exterior.  Try it as a contrast element growing in and spilling over the sides of a glossy green container.  If you live in a warm region try planting it in shady situations where it can turn a vacant plot in to something chic and unique.  If it's really happy outside it just may produce some very attractive but tiny pinkish purple flowers for you. The other added bonus is that it is fairly easy to grow as well as propagate from cuttings.  Just throw a cutting in an empty jar or bottle with some water on a partly sunny windowsill and in a few weeks you should start to see some roots plus as a cutting it looks pretty too. Plant it in full or partial shade and give it some regular helpings of H2O and you should be good to go.