Tradescantia commonly known as spiderwort are herbaceous perennial plants. The genus Tradescantia contains around 75 herbaceous species which are either climber or trailer. One of the most common species of tradescantia is Tradescantia zebrina.
This plant T. zebrina is also known as Wandering Jew. The plant is not only a beautiful ornamental plant but also is full of medicinal properties.
The main pharmacological activities of this plant are anticancer, antioxidant, antibacterial, antitrypanosomal, antierrythemicic and larvicidal (1).
A herbaceous perennial plant, fleshy leaves and creeping shoots.
Leaves are dark violet colour in the bottom and have wide silver colour strips.
The flowers are purple to pink in colour and bloom throughout the year.
Health benefits of Tradescantia zebrina or Wandering Jew
This plant is widely used in Chinese, Jamaican, Mexican and Malaysian traditional medicinal system. Health benefits of Tradescantia zebrina are as follows
1. Antioxidant activity
The leaves of T. zebrina possess antioxidant properties (2).
2. Antibacterial property
Tradescantia leaves possess a strong antibacterial activity against Bacillus, Staphylococcus, Enterococcus and Proteus species (2).
3. Antiarrhythmic property
The leaves of Tradescantia also have compounds which help in treating abnormal heart rhythms (3).
4. Acetylcholine inhibitory property
Tradescantia has compounds which help in the inhibition or breakdown of acetylcholine. Thus helps in the treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s or other central nervous system related problems (3).
How to take care of Tradescantia zebrina
The plant is a herbaceous climber in nature. This plant can be grown both in the pot and also as a hanging position. This plant can be grown in any type of soil and requires moderate sunlight. T. zebrina can survive both indoor and outdoor. Watering is important. Make sure that you can water the plant every day or whenever the topsoil becomes dry. Fertilize once in two months will be sufficient enough for its normal healthy growth.
Toxicity to pets
Safe for dogs and Cats