Callisia navicularis (Ortgies) D.R.Hunt
Chain Plant, Day Flower, Inch Plant, Mexican Chain Plant, Striped Inch Plant, Window's Tears
Phyodina navicularis, Tradescantia brachyphylla, Tradescantia navicularis
Callisia navicularis, also known as Tradescantia navicularis, is a creeping succulent with short stems hidden by tight overlapping leaves and sprawling stolons with long internodes from which the short shoots and flowers arise. Leaves are bronze-green above and streaked purple below. They are boat-shaped, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide, and held in a distichous arrangement on opposite sides of the stem.
The flowers are composed of three ovate, lilac-pink to bright magenta petals. They appear in summer and last only one day, opening at dawn and closing in the afternoon.
Callisia navicularis is native to Mexico. It is widespread in Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Puebla.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Growing Tradescantia is easy, and you will find the plants 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 w ll in sunny areas as long as the soil is kept moist.
You can grow Tradescantia indoors as long as suitable conditions are given. Provide the plant with 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 bush er growth.
These plants like to be kept fair y moist, so water regularly, especially if you are growing them in containers. Cutting the plants back once flowering has ceased can promote a second bloom and help prevent re-seeding. Cut back the stems about 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) from the ground.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Tradescantia.
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