, formerly known as Zebrina pendula
, is a species of spiderwort
more commonly known as Wandering Jew
, a name shared with closely related varieties T. fluminensis
and T. pallida
. Commonly available and used as a houseplant
, T. zebrina
has attractive zebra
, the upper surface showing purple new growth and green older growth parallel to the central axis, as well as two broad silver-colored stripes on the outer edges, with the lower leaf surface presenting a deep uniform magenta. Propagated by leaf cuttings
, this plant can can be moved or manipulated easily as its runners cling lightly to the ground (if used as cover). Unfortunately, skin irritation
may result from repeated contact with or prolonged handling of the plant - particularly from the clear, watery sap
(a characteristic unique to T. zebrina
as compared with the other aforementioned types) - and it tends to become invasive
if not properly maintained.
Is commonly used in southeast Mexico in the region of Tabasco, as a cold tea, which is named Matali.