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Small Leaf Spiderwort

Tradescantia fluminensis

Also known as

Creeping Christian, Inch Plant, Spiderwort, Wandering Creeper, Wandering-Sailor

Tradescantia fluminensis (Flowers) by Ixitixel (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Small Leaf Spiderwort

A close up of a white Tradescantia fluminensis flower with green leaves
A green Tradescantia fluminensis plant
A close up of green Tradescantia fluminensis plant leaves
A close up of a white Tradescantia fluminensis flower

Small Leaf Spiderwort Overview

Tradescantia fluminensis is an attractive evergreen perennial in the spiderwort family, Commelinaceae. It can be used as groundcover in non-frost-prone climates. It has attractive, green foliage and produces white, 3-petalled flowers. In mild climates its a garden ornamental, cultivated for borders and also used in beds and pots. It's also grown as indoors as a houseplant, but this species requires bright, indirect light and won't cope with freezing temperatures well. The flowers unfold one at a time to preserve energy, usually in the morning and will generally close with the afternoon sun. They may remain open on cloudy days, this species requires a good amount of light and pruning for the best outcome. When planted in hanging containers, the attractive foliage cascades down with a trailing habit. Plants in the genus Tradescantia have until recently been commonly known as ‘Wandering Jew’. This name is no longer used by the horticultural world due to its historical use in supporting antisemitic stereotypes.

Common problems with Small Leaf Spiderwort

How to propagate Small Leaf Spiderwort


Softwood cuttings of stem tips in spring or summer when the plant is in active growth.


Special features of Small Leaf Spiderwort

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Small Leaf Spiderwort

Popular houseplant