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

Established with a description by Warren’s Garden & Nurseries (1845, p. 34). Because it was published before 1959, the Latin name can be accepted (Brickell et al., 2016, Art. 21.11).

Not to be confused with: Tradescantia zebrina ‘Versicolor’, an established synonym for another cultivar. Tradescantia spathacea ‘Versicolor’, the name has been invalidly reused for another cultivar.
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 has not been documented since its first publication (Warren’s Garden & Nurseries, 1845, p. 34).


Described by Warren’s Garden & Nurseries (1845, p. 34).

Cultivar groupTradescantia Andersoniana Group.


Warren’s Garden & Nurseries. (1845). Annual Descriptive Catalogue of Fruit and Ornamental Trees, Grape Vines, Shrubs and Herbaceous Plants, Roses… Dahlias, Green-house Plants, &c. &c. 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.