Tradescantia includes 75 species of herbaceous perennial wildflowers in the family Commelinaceae which are both climbing and trailing species. They grow between 30–60 cm tall and are commonly found individually or in clumps in wooded areas. A number of species have flowers that unfold in the morning and close when the sun shines. Other names used for the Tradescantia are spider-lily, cradle-lily, oyster-plant and flowering inch plant.
Tradescantia’s tricolor makes a good ground cover in spots receiving bright indirect light, such as around the base of tall trees which are shady areas. You’ll get best results planting in rich, well-drained soil and once per week watering.