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

Established with a description by Prince (1825, p. 58). Because it was published before 1959, the Latin name can be accepted (Brickell et a., 2016, Art. 21.11).

The name has been incorrectly spelled ‘Pleno’ (Regel, 1858, p. 17).

Also known as:
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.
AvailabilityProbably lost from cultivation, it was last documented by Erhardt & Erhardt (1997, p. 657).


Preserved as a herbarium specimen (MacKeever, 1960).

Described by Prince (1825, p. 58).

Cultivar groupTradescantia Andersoniana Group.
FlowersRed, double-petaled.


Prince, W. (1825). Catalogue of Fruit and Ornamental Trees, Flowering Shrubs and Plants, Green-House Shrubs and Plants, Bulbous Flower Roots, American Indigenous Trees and Plants, &c. &c. Cultivated and for Sale at the Linnaean Botanic Garden, Flushing, Long-Island, near New York. Internet Archive link.

Regel, E. (1858). Hauptverzeichnik enthaltend die vollständigen Sammlungen von Freiland-Pflanzen und Gewächshaus-Pflanzen vorräthig im botanischen Garten in Zürich gegen Austausch oder Baarzahlung [Main directory containing the complete collections of outdoor plants and greenhouse plants available at the botanical garden in Zurich for exchange or cash payment]. Internet Archive link.

MacKeever, F. C. (1960). [Herbarium specimen 03735691]. New York Botanical Garden Steere Herbarium. Internet Archive link.

Erhardt, A. & Erhardt, W. (1997). PPP Index 3: The European Plant Finder.

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.