Chain Plant

Tradescantia navicularis


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The Chain Plant is a beautiful, trainable ground cover plant, also known as the Day Flower due to its blooms only lasting one day! During summer, the flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon, however, if you cut off the flower stems once they have finished, it can encourage a second bloom. Small bright lilac-pink flowers that bloom in summer and last only for one day, opening in the morning and closing in the afternoon.

A ground cover that shoots short stems upright and tight overlapping, fleshy leaves reach up to 3 cm long and up to 2 cm wide. Flowers sprout approx. 3-5 cm above ground. The stems and under side of the leaves are a dark streaked purple and the tops of the leaves are green. The leaves grow along the stems on opposite sides on each other.

Common Names: Chain Plant, Inch Plant, Striped Inch Plant, Window’s Tears, Day Flower

Origin: Mexico

Care Instructions: This plant prefers part shade and makes a good indoor plant under good conditions. Position must be in bright filtered light and potted into either a soil-less mix or loam-based potting compost. Bring the plant out during spring and summer days for some sun and keep moist, but water sparingly in winter.




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