Full nameTradescantia zebrina ‘Tikal’.
Name statusAccepted, the valid name for a unique cultivar.

First described online by Barbier (2013). Established in hardcopy by Hatch (2022).
OriginsCollected by Eric Barbier in the area of Tikal, Mexico (Barbier, 2013).
ClassificationThe species Tradescantia zebrina is sometimes labelled with its botanical synonyms Tradescantia pendula, Zebrina pendula and Cyanotis zebrina.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityAvailable occasionally from collectors and specialists.


SpeciesTradescantia zebrina.
Growth habitStems are initially upright, but start to sprawl and trail as they get longer.
FoliageLeaves are medium green with two silver bands. In strong light, they develop deep red pinstripes over the surface.


Barbier, E. (2013). Tradescantia zebrina var. zebrina (N0765). Flickr. 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.