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Tradescantia 'Peter Fletcher' - Mystery Commelinaceae

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tropical
Family: Commelinaceae (Spiderworts)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): High Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Tradescantia 'Peter Fletcher' (Mystery Commelinaceae) - This tropical looking plant grows upright to 4-5 feet with strap-shaped leaves that are 6-8 inches long by 2-3 inches wide. The leaves are green above with a maroon midrib and maroon below. It has white flowers in small clusters subtended by a pair of 2 inch bracts and dark purple berries. Plant in shade in a near frost free spot or protect in winter. Looks a bit like Dichorisandra, but the inflorescence is more like a Tradescantia. This mystery plant was collected in Oaxaca Mexico by Peter Fletcher. We first saw a several-year-old plant growing in the ground outdoors in his Santa Barbara garden. Its beauty and apparent hardiness appealed to us. It may be a Tradescantia but it also might belong to some other genus in the family (If you can identify it please let us know). Plant in a bright to moderately shady spot and irrigated regularly. It seems to be evergreen and hardy to at least 32 F. We grew this plant from 2003 until 2005.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Tradescantia 'Peter Fletcher'.