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Common Name: Wandering Jew, Spider-Lily, Spiderwort
Botanical Name: Tradescantia zebrina (Zebrina pendula) (trad-es-KAN-shi-a ze-BRI-na)
Decorative Life: Many months to years. Any flowers that may be produced each last only about one day. During this period they can produce significant amounts of ethylene.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Keep pruned. If light levels are too low, elongated and faded, dull growth is likely.
  • If extending flower life is determined to be important, using an anti-ethylene product would provide some benefit.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Commelinaceae (spiderwort family). Common relatives are few but include Rhoeo and other spiderworts.
  • Stems trailing, often rooting at nodes. Leaves from 1 x 2 inches and bigger, somewhat succulent, green and/or purple, often striped silver above and purple below.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: White to purple, pinkish or violet-blue, small, but more noted for its foliage.
  • Named after John Tradescant (1608-1662), a British naturalist, gardener, traveler and plant collector.
  • Some in the floral or nursery trade and/or consumers may know this species better as Zebrina pendula.
  • Light compensation points alone do not accurately judge this species' ability to adapt to low light intensities.
Recent Findings: As summarized by Brown (1988) of the work by Wolverton et al. (numerous years), this is one of many foliage and flowering plant species that can remove air pollutants such as formaldehyde and/or benzene often found in cigarette smoke from interior environments.
Spider Lily
Common Name: Nerine, Guernsey Lily, Spider Lily
Botanical Name: Nerine spp. (ne-REEN)
Decorative Life: 10-14 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution. However, some data suggests that fresh flower food may not be necessary.
  • Can be chill sensitive. Some cultivars are sensitive to fluoride levels normally found in drinking water.
Harvest Instructions: Do not cut too tight as flowers (especially the youngests buds) will not open properly most of the time. A good time to cut is when just before the most mature bud opens, namely, full grown but not opened.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis family).
  • Native to South Africa.
  • Common relatives include agapanthus, alstroemeria, clivia and daffodil.
  • Individual flowers are composed of 6 ruffled strap-shaped petals. Flower clusters are round, 4-6 inches in diameter, consist of 6-12 flowers and occur at the ends of stems.
  • Stems leafless, 16-28 inches long.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial from a bulb, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
Availability: Most times of the year.
Flower Color: White, pink, deep red.
Storage Specifics: One research report indicates that 45-50F is best and that it can be stored dry for 4-5 days. Another researcher states that 37-41F is best for storage of 3-5 days but higher temperatures (up to 50F) can be used if stored less than 3 days. Everyone agrees that they are somewhat chill sensitive and therefore should not be stored in the low 30s. Dry storage is better, especialy for flowers that are not too open.
  • After Nerine, a sea nymph and daughter of Nereus in Greek mythology.
  • Species used for cut flowers include N. bowdenii (bright pink), N. flexuosa, N. sarniensis. Cultivars include 'Cherry Ripe', 'Pink Distinction', 'Pink Fairy', 'Radiant Queen', 'Salmon Supreme' and 'Virgo'.
  • Similar to the genus Lycoris, namely, leaves are actually produced after the plant flowers, but not until the following spring, which to some means that leaves are produced first!