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Herbsaceous Plants

Arabic Name

الزبرينا

Latin Name

Zebrina pendula , Commelinaceae

English Name

Inch Plant, Wandering Jew

The Inch Plant is a creeping or trailing plant, native to Mexico. A relatively common houseplant, it makes an excellent groundcover for gardens and grows well in shaded, humid and protected locations in Arriyadh. Growing to a height of up to 30 cm, the plant has fleshy, ovate leaves which are dark green with silvery-white stripes on top, giving an attractive zebra pattern, and magenta-purple below. Fast growing, the succulent stems root wherever they touch the soil, creating a thick mat of colourful foliage. Small, relatively insignificant, rose-pink flowers are produced throughout the year. Hardy to 0°C, the plant does best in full sunlight to keep its colour intensity, but in Arriyadh does better in light shade. It prefers a good, fertile, well-drained garden soil, which retains moisture and should be regularly but moderately watered. Fertilising every few weeks is necessary during the spring and summer. Propagated by cuttings that root easily in water, this plant can be moved in situ, since its runners cling lightly to the ground. Good for mass planting, Z. pendula will hide the fallen leaves of trees and shrubs growing above. Some maintenance is necessary to contain plants, as they tend to become invasive. Misting occasionally with warm water and pinching out the tips will improve their appearance and make the plants more compact.

General information

Family Name : Commelinaceae
Origin: Sub Tropical
Rainfall: Very Humid , Semi Humid , Semi Arid
Propagation: Cuttings
Maintenance: Moderate
Planting Phase: Perennial

Environmental conditions

Urban Climate: Vulnerable
Desiccation: Vulnerable
Drought: Vulnerable
Irrigation: Medium
Salinity: Moderate < 3,000 ppm
Hardiness Zones: 0°C

Plant shape

Vigour: Normal Growth Rate
Height: 0.3 m M
Expansion: 0.2 M
Foliage: Evergreen

Flower

Colour: Violet
Size: 2 CM
Flowering Period: From Early March Till Late April

Fruit

Type Of Fruit: Capsule
Size: 0.6 CM

Location of Use :

Home Plant , Undergrowth , Massed Planting , Container Planting , Park Planting , Roof Garden , Wadi Farm Garden , Edging Plants

Other choices :

Attractive Foliage , Propagation by Runners , Ground Cover , Grouped Planting , Plant Used by ADA , Shelter , Attractive Shape , Seasonal Display

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