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Perennials

#1209 - Mexican Chain Plant (Tradescantia navicularis)

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PLANT INFORMATION:

  • Botanical Name:
    Tradescantia navicularis
  • Common Name:
    Mexican Chain Plant
  • Type:
    No
  • Family:
    Commelinaceae
  • Exposure:
    Sun
  • Size:
    4"h x 18"w
  • Zones:
    No
  • Water:
    No
  • Origin:
    Mexico
  • Butterflies:
    No
  • Hummingbirds:
    No
  • Container Size:
    Large Pot Band

Plant Description

I was fortunate to have been given a start of Mexican Chain Plant by some plant geek friends on the east coast. One thing I think is quite unique about it is how its form and leaf color vary depending on light and moisture. It can be treated like a succulent with little water and full sun where it takes on an almost animal-like appearance with dark brownish leaves packed really tight. If given more water and maybe a slightly shaded location, its leaves are green with stems that are more stretched out. In the fall it rewards you with cute pink flowers. Plant Mexican Chain Plant in a container so you can bring it inside and grow it as a houseplant during winter. It is sometimes listed as Callisia navicularis.