Full nameTradescantia ‘Albovittata’.
Name statusAccepted, the valid name for a unique cultivar.

Established with a description by Staff of the L. H. Bailey Hortorium (1976, p. 1119). Although the name in Latin should not be established after 1959 (Brickell et al., 2016, Art 21.11), it has become the most widely-used name and so is now accepted for the cultivar (Brickell et al., 2016, Art. 11.6).

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ClassificationOften labelled as Tradescantia albiflora, which is now considered a botanical synonym for Tradescantia fluminensis (POWO, 2022). It does not fully match that species, but appears to be an unknown hybrid from the subgenus Austrotradescantia. Like other variegated Austrotradescantia cultivars, it is now placed in the Continental Group.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityInternationally mass-produced, sold under many synonyms and trade names.


Cultivar groupTradescantia Continental Group.
Growth habitLong stems which grow strongly downwards, creeping or trailing out of any container.
FoliageLeaves are long ovals, slightly curved or curling. The surface has bordered variegation with white and green stripes, varying in different light levels.
FlowersSmall and white.


Staff of the L. H. Bailey Hortorium. (1976). Hortus Third: A Concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada. Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.

Brickell, C. D., Alexander, C., Cubey, J. J., David, J. C., Hoffman, M. H. A., Leslie, A. C., Malécot, V., Jin, X. (2016). International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. PDF link.

Pellegrini, M. O. O. (2018). Wandering throughout South America: Taxonomic revision of Tradescantia subg. Austrotradescantia (D.R.Hunt) M.Pell. (Commelinaceae). PhytoKeys 104: 1-97Open access link.