Tradescantia zebrina ‘Purpusii’

Silver Inch Plant


The Inch Plant’s sparkling silver and green topped foliage, and contrasting deep purple undersides, creates an alluring and almost alien presence perfect for use as a unique statement plant that is nonetheless easy to care for.

Tradescantia zebrina ‘Purpusii’ is perfect indoors for use as either a trailing plant or in a hanging basket. It grows vigorously, delivering big impact with its mass of distinctive foliage.

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Origin: Central and South America
Genus: Tradescantia
Species / Cultivar: zebrina 'Purpusii'
Common Name: Silver Inch Plant

Plant Biography

Whilst it can flower, the real focal point of this plant is its unusual foliage. The pale green textured leaves shimmer with glittery silver stripes on either side of the midrib, while the underside of the leaves provide pleasantly contrasting deep purple hues.

The stellate hairs on the tops of the leaves, and purple colouring which courses through its green stems, contribute to Tradescantia zebrina ‘Purpusii’s otherworldly presence.

Tradescantia zebrina ‘Purpusii’
Light: Medium
This plant likes a spot further away from bright windows, but still lit by natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 15-25°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Fast
Capable of prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Final Size: Small
Will stay small enough for a desk or shelf.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!

Expert Tip

It is often said Tradescantia zebrina kept indoors will not flower, but we have found it is possible - though the flowers are infrequent and unlikely to last very long.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Tradescantia zebrina ‘Purpusii’ is a relatively easy plant to look after. Water when the top few centimetres of soil feel dry, and don’t leave the pot sitting in water.

This dramatic species from Central and South America can reach up to 50cm long, perfect for use as a trailing plant on a shelf, or hung from a hanging pot.

Additionally, it is a very easy plant to propagate from cuttings in water, and can also be acclimatised to outdoor life for the summer if desired.

Well packed, lots of growth, good condition

Sharon S.

Well packed, lots of growth, good condition

1 customer review for Tradescantia zebrina ‘Purpusii’

Well packed, lots of growth, good condition

Sharon S.