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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 Known 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 Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

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

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Shipping

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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

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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

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