Zebrina is a trailing tropical plant that closely resembles Trandescantia, wandering Jew. For that similarity, Zebrina is known as purple wandering Jew.
Zebrina is a rapidly growing plant with variegated green and white striped upper leaves that and deep reddish-purple on the undersides.
Zebrina is a good choice for hanging baskets or containers that allow the branches to trail over the sides.
Get to Know Zebrina
- Plant type: Tropical perennial
- Growing Zones and range: 10-12
- Hardiness: Tender; prefers daytime temperatures between 70° and 80°F (21°-27°C) and nighttime temperatures not less than 55°F (13°C).
- Height and width: Trailing branches can grow to 36 inches (91cm) long
- Foliage: Variegated green and white striped leaves on the upper surface, reddish-purple underneath.
- Flowers: Insignificant blooms
- Uses: Houseplant
- Botanical name: Zebrina
- Common name: Purple wandering Jew
Where to Plant Zebrina
- Zebrina grows best in bright to moderate light from a northern or eastern exposure.
- Grow Zebrina in standard indoor potting soil.
How to Water and Feed Zebrina
- Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Mist daily. Zebrina prefers 40 to 45 percent humidity.
- Fertilize Zebrina every 2 weeks during the growing season with a mild liquid fertilizer.
- Repot Zebrina when the roots occupy ½ of pot space.
- Pinch off growing tips to make the plant bushy.
- Allow the plant to rest from late fall through winter; slowly reduce water, keeping the soil barely moist; feed once a month.
- Zebrina is susceptible to mealybugs, mites, scale, slugs, and whiteflies.
- Propagate Zebrina by stem cuttings.
Zebrina Varieties to Grow
- Zebrina pendula is the most common form; ‘Quadricolor’ grows purplish green leaves with longitudinal bands of white, pink, and carmine red; ‘Purpusii’ has leaves of dark red or greenish-red.