Full nameTradescantia zebrina ‘Bicolor’.
Name statusEstablished but questionable, it may refer to a unique cultivar or may be a synonym for Tradescantia zebrina ‘Minima’ or Tradescantia zebrina Superba Group.

Established by Pfitzer (1867, p. 44). Because it was published before 1959, the Latin name with no description can be established (Brickell et al., 2016, Arts. 21.11, 27.1).

The name mosy likely refers a common cultivar of the time, such as Tradescantia zebrina ‘Minima’ or Tradescantia zebrina Superba Group, but there is not enough information to definitively link it to any plant known today. The name is established and treated as lost or an unknown synonym.

Not to be confused with:
ClassificationThe species Tradescantia zebrina is sometimes labelled with its botanical synonyms Tradescantia pendula, Tradescantia argentea, Zebrina pendula and Cyanotis zebrina.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityThe name is most likely a synonym for Tradescantia zebrina ‘Minima’ or Tradescantia zebrina Superba Group, still in cultivation. But this is not certain, so the plant is assumed to be lost. It has not been documented since its first publication (Pfitzer, 1867, p. 44).


Described by The Schmidt & Botley Co (1914, p. 43).

SpeciesTradescantia zebrina.
FoliageDark green leaves with two striped of frosted silver.


Pfitzer, W. (1867). Preis-Verzeichniss über Samen und Pflanzen [Price List of Seeds and Plants]. Internet Archive link.

The Schmidt & Botley Co. (1914). [Catalogue]. 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.