Continental Group


Full nameTradescantia Continental Group.
Name statusAccepted, the valid name for a cultivar group.

This newly-registered name is accepted and will be established once published in hardcopy (Brickell et al., 2016, Art. 27.1).
OriginsA group of cultivars of unknown origin, which are most likely hybrids of various species from the subgenus Austrotradescantia. Named by Helen Winnington, because many cultivars of the group seem to originate from continental Europe.
ClassificationThis group are sometimes labelled as the species Tradescantia albiflora. However, this is now considered a botanical synonym for Tradescantia fluminensis (POWO, 2022), and these cultivars do not seem to belong to that species.
Included cultivarsThere are many closely-related cultivars in circulation which are not clearly distinguished from one another, so the exact number and identity of unique cultivars in the group is currently unknown.

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SpeciesTradescantia subg. Austrotradescantia.
Growth habitTropical evergreen perennials. Sprawling, creeping, or trailing stems. Growth is often slow and very compact.
FoliageStems are thick and succulent, usually with very short internodes. Leaves are fairly succulent, may be smooth or hairy, tips rounded or pointed. Leaves are usually variegated white or pink, with a pale area at the margin of each leaf and thin green stripes extending upwards from the base. The group also includes plain-green reverted sports.
FlowersSmall and white.


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 albiflora. Plants of the World Online. Link.