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

First listed online with a photo by Sterwartia (2007). The name was written ‘ラベンダー’, a Japanese transcription for ‘Lavender’, which has now become the most commonly-used spelling. Established with a description by Hatch (2022).

Also known as: All of the other established names are also used to refer to other cultivars, so the least ambiguous and most common name ‘Lavender’ is now accepted for this cultivar.
OriginsIntroducted by Draps-Dom in 1907 in Laeken, Belgium (“Tradescantia laekenensis”, 1908).
ClassificationThe species Tradescantia fluminensis has sometimes been labelled with its botanical synonym Tradescantia albiflora, and with the invalid horticultural names Tradescantia viridis, Tradescantia repens, and Tradescantia reptans.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityAvailable from many nurseries and specialists.


Preserved as a herbarium specimen (Hartling, 1921).

SpeciesTradescantia fluminensis.
Growth habitSmall delicate stems, which creep or trail downwards.
FoliageLeaves are pointed ovals. Each leaf is randomly striped with pink and silvery-green. Hairless all over except for a few hairs at the top of the leaf sheath.
FlowersSmall and white, typical for the species.


Tradescantia Laekenensis. (1908). The Florists’ Exchange, 26, p. 844. Biodiversity Heritage Library link.

Hartling, J. (1921). [Herbarium specimen, barcode 03734821]. New York Botanical Garden Steere Herbarium. Specimen scan link.

Stewartia. (2007). Tradescantia. Internet Archive 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.

Hatch, L. (2022). Commelinaceae: A Guide to Modern and Historic Cultivars.