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Purple Zebrina - A Quick Care Guide

Tradescantia zebrina

The Purple Zebrina is an easy and fast-growing plant that is loved for its boldly colored leaves and vining growth.

A native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala, the Purple Zebrina is a succulent that requires very little extra care.

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Common Names

  • Purple Zebrina
  • Inch Plant
  • Spiderworts

Quick Purpler Zebrina Plant Stats

  • Your Purple Zebrina enjoys bright indirect light.
  • The Purple Zebrina is an easy plant to care for and great for beginners.

Light Requirements

The Purple Zebrina requires bright, indirect light. If the light is too dim, the leaf stripings will fade.

Water Requirements

Keep the soil moist, as it is best not to let this plant become too dry. Water when the top inch of soil is dry and be sure to water the soil underneath the leaves. Don’t worry if you forget once in a while—it will occasionally tolerate a missed watering!  Look out for drooping yellow leaves, they are a symptom of too much water.

Humidity Preference

Your bathroom or kitchen would be a great choice for the Purple Zebrina because it does best in a slightly more humid environment. Feel free to mist your plant frequently. If the humidity is too low the leaves will start to brown.

Optimum Temperature

Purple Zebrinas prefer average to warm temperatures of 55--80 degrees during the day and above 50 degrees at night.

Plant Food

Feed monthly in the spring through fall with a general-purpose indoor plant fertilizer at half strength. Before applying fertilizer in any form, make sure the soil is damp. 

Additional Care

An important part of growing Purple Zebrina plants is pinching back the long, vining tendrils. Pinch back about a quarter of the plant to encourage branching and increase fullness. To do this, simply ‘pinch’ off at a joint or at the tender new growth at the end of the stem. 


Purple Zebrinas are non-toxic and safe for humans but could be toxic to dogs and cats. 

The Purple Zebrina was featured in the May 2019 Lunarly box.

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