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

Established by Wrede (1819, p. 55). Because it was published before 1959, the Latin name with no description can be accepted (Brickell et al., 2016, Arts. 21.11, 27.1).

The name was originally spelled ‘Violaceo’, but this is corrected to match the grammatical gender of the genus (Brickell et al., 2016, Art. 21.8).
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 Staff of the L. H. Bailey Hortorium (1976, p. 1120).


Described by Bailey (1917, p. 3364).

Cultivar groupTradescantia Andersoniana Group.
FlowersPurple-blue or violet.


Wrede, E. C. C. (1819). Verzeichniß von schönblühenden perennirenden Gewächs-Pflanzen [List of beautiful flowering perennial plants]. Internet Archive link.

Bailey, L. H. (1917). The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture. The Macmillan Company.

Staff of the L. H. Bailey Hortorium. (1976). Hortus Third: A Concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada. Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.

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.