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

Registered by Rowe (2023).

Also known as:
OriginsUnknown. Named by Peppermint.
ClassificationThe species Tradescantia cerinthoides is sometimes labelled with its botanical synonym Tradescantia blossfeldiana.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityAvailable from some specialists and collectors.


SpeciesTradescantia cerinthoides.
Growth habitStrong stems which grow fairly upright at first, but will sprawl and trail when they become too long to support their own weight.
FoliageStems are 4-7mm thick, with internodes 3-6cm long, moderate olive green (146A) to greyish purple (N77A), smooth and hairless.

Leaves are ovals, 6-10cm long and 2-4cm wide. When newly-developed, the upper surfaces of the leaves have a background colour of moderate yellow (160A), striped with greyish olive green (NN137A). As they age, the stripes fade and the leaves become uniform greyish olive green (NN137A).

The leaf undersides are dark purplish grey (N187A) below dark areas, and greyish reddish purple (N77C) below pale areas. Sheaths are greyish purplish red (N77D).
FlowersWhite petals with pink edges, typical for the species. Not very common when grown indoors.


Rowe, A. (2023). Tradescantia cultivar names registered 2022. RHS Cultivar Registration Bulletin, 2, 26. Online edition link.