White Velvet Tradescantia

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  • Low Maintenance
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light)
  • Below Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 12 Inches

The White Velvet Tradescantia is botanically known as the Tradescantia sillamontana, but often goes by the names of Cobweb Spiderwort, Gossamer Plant or just White Velvet. A low-maintenance plant that is easy to care for and can be grown indoors or outdoors. The White Velvet Tradescantia is aptly named due to its oval foliage being covered in little white hairs, giving it a hairy appearance. Furthermore, it can even produce little pink to purple flowers in summer.

Best Locations For Growing White Velvet Tradescantia

The White Velvet Tradescantia can be grown indoors or outdoors as long as its basic growing requirements are met. That being said, it is considered a toxic plant and should be grown away from children or pets. 

White Velvet Tradescantia Sunlight Requirements

When grown inside, White Velvet grows best when it receives bright indirect light. Near a windowsill tends to suit this plant well, but far enough away that it is not receiving strong midday sun.

White Velvet Tradescantia Care

The White Velvet Tradescantia is a low-maintenance plant that does not need much attention other than watering. Best grown at 60 to 80 °F, this plant can be moved outdoors during the summer months, but will need to be brought back inside when the temperatures begin to fall below 50° F, which can damage the plant. Preferring humid conditions, it will be happiest indoors when misted regularly or placed upon a tray of wet gravel or stones. To help encourage bushy rather than leggy growth, the growing tips can be pinched out regularly. 

Watering White Velvet Tradescantia

This plant requires more water when it is actively growing than during the winter months. The White Velvet Tradescantia is sensitive to being overwatered and hates to have its roots sitting in waterlogged soil. For this reason, watering is only required once the soil has begun to dry out. It is important to allow the soil to drain free after watering, and the pot must have adequate drainage holes. 

Feeding White Velvet Tradescantia

Feeding the White Velvet Tradescantia is not strictly required. However, to give it a boost, an application of a liquid houseplant fertilizer can be given at half the recommended strength in the spring. 

White Velvet Tradescantia Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Below Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 6-12 inches
Mature Spread: 1-2 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Pink, Purple
Flower Shade/Description: Purple-Pink
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Olive to Gray-Green
Temperature: 60° - 70°F (16° - 21°C)
Humidity: Above Average (60% - 80%)
Common Name: White Velvet Tradescantia
Other Name(s): White Velvet, White Grossamer Plant, Hairy Wandering Jew, Cobweb Spiderwort
Scientific Name: Tradescantia sillamontana
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.