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

Published by Dreer (1878, p. 35). 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 most likely refers to a common Tradescantia zebrina clone at the time, Superba Group or ‘Minima’, 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, Zebrina pendula and Cyanotis zebrina.
Legal protectionNone.
AvailabilityThe name is most likely a synonym for Superba Group or ‘Minima’, 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 (Dreer, 1878, p. 35).


Never described.

SpeciesTradescantia zebrina.


Dreer, H. A. (1878). Dreer’s Descriptive Catalogue of Bulbs, Plants, Etc. 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.