Full nameTradescantia (Andersoniana Group) ‘Alba’.
Name statusAccepted, the valid name for a unique cultivar.

Established by Wrede (1819, p. 55). Because it was published before 1959, the Latin name with no description can be accepted (Brickell et al., 2016, Arts 21.11, 27.1).

The name was originally spelled ‘Albo’ (Wrede, 1819, p. 55), but the grammatical gender is corrected to match the genus (Brickell et al., 2016, Art. 21.8).

Not to be confused with:
ClassificationLike other hardy garden hybrids, it is now placed in the Andersoniana Group. These hybrids are sometimes mislabelled as Tradescantia virginiana or the invalid botanical hybrid Tradescantia × andersoniana.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityLocally available from many nurseries.


Preserved as a herbarium specimen (MacKeever, 1960).

First described by Prince (1823, p. 62).

Cultivar groupTradescantia Andersoniana Group.


Wrede, E. C. C. (1819). Verzeichniß von schönblühenden perennirenden Gewächs-Pflanzen [List of beautiful flowering perennial plants]. Internet Archive link.

Prince, W. (1823). Catalogue of Fruit and Ornamental Trees and Plants, Bulbous Flower Roots, Green-house Plants, &c. &c. Cultivated at the Linnaean Botanic Garden. Internet Archive link.

MacKeever, F. C. (1960). [Herbarium specimen 03735671]. New York Botanical Garden Steere Herbarium. Specimen scan link.

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.

POWO. (2022). Tradescantia virginiana f. albiflora. Plants of the World Online. Link.