Callisia navicularis (Ortgies) D.R.Hunt
Chain Plant, Inch Plant, Striped Inch Plant, Window’s Tears, Day Flower
Tradescantia navicularis, Phyodina navicularis
Callisia navicularis is a low growing, trailing perennial succulent. The leaves are very succulent, boat-like, grey-green to viney, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long and up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) wide. The flowers are lilac to bright magenta. It blooms in summer. The flowers open early in the morning and close in the afternoon, and last only one day.
How to Grow and Care
Growing Tradescantia is easy and you will find the plants to be quite resilient. These plants typically grow in moist, well-drained and acidic (pH 5 to 6) soil. Tradescantias do best in partial shade but will do equally well in sunny areas as long as the soil is kept moist.
You can grow Tradescantia indoors too as long as suitable conditions are given. Provide the plant with either a soilless mix or loam-based potting compost and keep it in bright filtered light. You should also pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushier growth.
These plants like to be kept fairly moist, so water regularly, especially if you are growing them in containers. Cutting the plants back once flowering has ceased can often promote a second bloom and will help prevent re-seeding. Cut the stems back about 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) from the ground… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Tradescantia
Native to Mexico.
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