Tinantia pringlei ‘Panther’ (Mexican Speckled Wandering Jew)

Description

An impressive display of color and texture, Tinantia is a little known genus of about 14 species in the tradescantia family, native from Texas to Nicaragua. In their native habitats, tinantia prefers part shade, warm, humid air and well-drained soil. Tinantia has a loose, rounded habit that pairs well with oxalis, ferns, carex, and epimediums. Try placing tinantia so that it spills over a wall or the edge of a mixed container. The purple-speckled leaves and lavender flowers of tinantia go well with white-flowered plants like Iris japonica, or yellow-flowered plants like farfugium. Tinantia is a charming little plant that deserves wider use in the garden.

Grows to 12″ tall with light purple flowers. Prefers shade to partial shade.

Description

An impressive display of color and texture, Tinantia is a little known genus of about 14 species in the tradescantia family, native from Texas to Nicaragua. In their native habitats, tinantia prefers part shade, warm, humid air and well-drained soil. Tinantia has a loose, rounded habit that pairs well with oxalis, ferns, carex, and epimediums. Try placing tinantia so that it spills over a wall or the edge of a mixed container. The purple-speckled leaves and lavender flowers of tinantia go well with white-flowered plants like Iris japonica, or yellow-flowered plants like farfugium. Tinantia is a charming little plant that deserves wider use in the garden.

Grows to 12″ tall with light purple flowers. Prefers shade to partial shade.