Tradescantia zebrina is a herbaceous perennial often grown as a houseplant. It has interesting variegated foliage striped green, white, and gray leaves with purple undersides. The leaves are ovate and clasp the stem at the base. Tiny three-petaled lavender-purple flowers appear infrequently indoors. Leaf nodes on the stem are supposed to be 1-inch apart, hence the common name inch plant. Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. Does best in filtered sun, average room temperatures and moist but well-drained soil. Reduce watering in the winter. Pinch back to encourage bushy growth. Plants can be pruned back hard every spring and can be taken outside on a protected patio in the summer. It is commonly grown in a hanging pot. This plant is synonymous with Tradescantia pendula and Zebrina pendula.
When located in full sunlight, the greatest color intensity can be appreciated. However, in more southern locations, the sun can wash out the color. In areas providing low lighting, the stems can lose their lower leaves and the remaining leaves can lose some of their beautiful color.