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TRADESCANTIA sillamontana

Image of Tradescantia sillamontana

Jessie Keith

Family

Commelinaceae

Botanical Name

TRADESCANTIA sillamontana

Plant Common Name

White Gossamer, White Velvet

General Description

White gossamer is a trailing evergreen plant with silvery green leaves densely covered in silky white fibers. The foliage of this Mexican native is so showy it’s attractive even when not in bloom though the flowers are pretty too. In summer it produces many dainty three-petaled lavender-pink blooms. These sometimes have a thin white stripe down the middle of each petal.

Somewhat fertile well-draining soil is ideal and bright indirect light is preferred though white gossamer will handle full sun if its soil is not too dry. Good air circulation will prevent stem rot during humid or rainy seasons.

This species is lovely in mixed hanging baskets or containers when planted with everblooming brightly colored bedding plants. When grown as a houseplant it is best set in a sunny bright window.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No