Tradescantia sillamontana-White Gossamer Plant, White Velvet, Etc.

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) flower on 10-10-18, #519-74.

White Gossamer Plant, White Velvet, Cobweb Spiderwort, Hairy Wandering Jew.

Tradescantia sillamontana

trad-es-KAN-tee-ah  see-yuh-MON-tah-nuh

ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AWARD OF GARDEN MERIT

Synonym: Tradescantia pexata H.E.Moore

Tradescantia sillamontana Matuda is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Tradescantia. It was named and described as such by Eizi Matuda in Boletín de la Sociedad Botánica de México in 1955.

The genus, Tradescantia Ruppius ex L., was named by Heinrich Bernhard Ruppius but later described by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753. Some of Mr. Ruppius’s writings were published after his death by Albrecht von Haller and Carl von Linnaeus. The genus Ruppia was named after him.

As of 2-26-21 when I last updated thispage, Plants of the World Online lists 83 accepted species of Tradescantia with a native range from South America through Canada. Tradescantia is a member of the Commelinaceae Family with 39 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.

THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING.

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) after I brought it home on 5-23-15, #261-7.

I picked up this Tradescantia sillamontana from Wagler’s Greenhouse, one of four locally-owned Amish greenhouses, on May 23, 2015. Customers bring her plants sometimes and she has quite a collection of her own so you never know what you might find there. Her son actually owns the greenhouse but she more or less takes care of the plants and helps the customers. I have taken her a lot of plants, and in return, she gives me plants as long as they are from her plants and not her sons. I had been wanting to find a Tradescantia sillamontana for a while and I finally found this one.

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 10-3-15, #272-29.

I have several Tradescantia species, but this one is by far the neatest. I like its hairy leaves and the way they grow opposite each ther all the way up the stems.

<<<<2016>>>>

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 7-19-16, #274-68.

Tradescantia sillamontana seems to change color depending on light and temperature.

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 10-5-16, #294-14.

As with all Tradescantia, they offset freely, root at the leaf nodes, and are easily propagated with stem cuttings.

<<<<2017>>>>

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 7-9-17, #355-51.

USEFUL INFORMATION:
Family: Commelinaceae.
Origin: Endemic to dry areas of the State of Nuevo León in northeastern Mexico.
Zones: USDA Zones 10a-11b (30-50° F/-1 to 10° C).
Size: 12-18” tall x 16-20” wide.
Light: Sun to part shade.
Soil: Well-drained.
Water: Moderately during the growing season. Sparingly in the winter. 

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 8-29-17, #369-76.

I always grow my Tradescantia on the front porch where they receive light shade with only a small amount of direct sun. Information online says the more sun and less water the Tradescantia sillamontana gets, the more silver the leaves will be and the plant will also be more compact.

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 8-29-17, #369-77.

The Tradescantia sillamontana is a native of dry areas of the State of Nuevo León in northeastern Mexico where its hairy leaves protect the plant from the sun and prevent excessive evaporation.

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 9-27-17, #379-12.

As with other Tradescantia, its flowers emerge from apical growth points or in the axis of the bracts.

<<<<2018>>>>

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 5-17-18, #443-100.

According to information online, Tradescantia sillamontana differs from other species in the genus in that they appear to be almost succulent and nearly xerophytic. I just treat them all the same and we get along fine. They get plenty of water during the summer and not that much during the winter.

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 8-26-18, #499-42.

This was an interesting photo… Two pots of Tradescantia sillamontana growing side by side on the front porch. Plants from one pot have green leaves while the other are more of a purplish color.

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 10-10-18, #519-72.

Happy plants mean a lot of flowers…

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 10-10-18, #519-73.

 

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) flower on 10-10-18, #519-74.

I had to move the potted plants inside for the winter on October 10 (in 2018) because there was an “F” in the forecast. I always take photos of the cactus and succulents and some of the other plants as I bring them inside.

<<<<2019>>>>

Tradescantia sillamontana on the left and Tradescantia ‘Pale Puma’ on the right on 6-16-19, #591-44..

We made it through the winter and now the plants are happily growing on the front porch. I moved them outside in May… The above photo taken on June 16 in 2019 shows a Tradescantia sillamontana o the left and Tradescantia ‘Pale Puma’ on the right.

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 10-11-19, #639-96.

We made it through the summer of 2019 and temps were once again getting cooler.

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Gossamer Plant, ETC.) on 10-11-19, #639-97..

I brought the potted plants inside for the winter on October 11 in 2019 because, once again, an “F” was in the forecast.

I didn’t take many plant photos in 2020 because I was fairly busy in the vegetable garden. I will do better in 2021.

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant. If you notice I made an error, please let me know. Of course, you can always send me an email at thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
DAVE’S GARDEN
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
GARDENIA
SAN MARCOS GROWERS
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION
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