Zebrina, or Tradescantius hanging
Zebrin got its original name due to the unusual color of leaves with a silver sheen and longitudinal stripes of various shades - pale green, green, red, white, silver. This ampoule herb is ideal for growing in hanging flowerpots, from which its delicate branches hang densely, forming something like a striped waterfall.
Types of Zebra
In indoor floriculture, several types of zebrins, united in a separate genus, were previously distinguished. Later the genus Zebrina was abolished and the species transferred to the genus Tradescantia. The most popular of them:
Zebrina hanging (Zebrina pendula), or Zebrina hanging down - the most common type that has medicinal properties. It has large, bare, ciliated leaves along the edge. On the upper surface of the sheet, two silvery stripes follow a reddish-green background; bottom leaves are purple-red.
Zebrina Purple (Zebrina purpusii) - a strong plant that does not have clear stripes on the leaves. Slightly pubescent leaves are reddish-olive-green in color; the underside of the leaf is bare, purple.
Zebrina flocculosis (Zebrina flocculosa) is characterized by whitish, fleecy, soft leaves.
Currently, these species are combined into one species - Tradescanthus hanging.
Tradescantia hanging, or Zebrina hanging (Tradescantia zebrina) Is a species of plants of the genus Tradescantia (Tradescantia) of the Commeline family.
In young plants, short shoots are erect, over time they go down. True, the plant grows old quickly, its stems are stretched, and their lower part is exposed. To make the bush look lush and neat, it is necessary to limit its growth. To do this, pinch the tips of the shoots from time to time, which contributes to their better branching, and old, unattractive shoots are regularly cut off. Zebrin blooms in culture not often, the flowers are rather inconspicuous, small, pink or purple. But this can be forgiven for her, because she is decorative primarily because of her leaves.
The growing conditions are unpretentious and suitable even for beginner growers. Zebrin leaves look especially beautiful in bright light, they fade from lack of light. The temperature in the winter is maintained at 12..15 degrees, in the summer - 18..25. Watering the pot abundantly from spring to autumn, in winter - in moderation. Her root system is weak, so she suffers from overdrying the soil. Loves spraying. The plant is transplanted once every 1-2 years. The soil for planting is better to take this: deciduous land, humus, turf land, sand. Capacities for landing take shallow, but wide.
Zebrina is resistant to pests and diseases, which is also, of course, one of its advantages. Easily propagated by cuttings. They can be rooted in water, as well as in the soil under the film.
In addition to the fact that zebrina is often grown in hanging baskets, it is also used as a groundcover, planted around large-sized plants - ficus, dracaena and other plants.
The healing properties of zebrins
Zebrina, like a tradescantia and fragrant challisia - the “golden mustache”, belongs to the family of Cumelins, and, like these plants, is medicinal. There is evidence that she was especially honored by Buddhist monks. Its juice contains volatile, which kill germs and viruses, as well as components that help lower blood sugar. Shoots and leaves have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, wound healing, antidiabetic and hemostatic properties.
Zebrina purifies the air in the room.
Are you going to visit? Root several zebrina cuttings and plant them in a small pot. The gift is ready.