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The name wandering Jew spans a multitude of plant species in the Tradescantia genus. There are over 75 different types of herbaceous perennials included in this group of plants; some are destructive weeds, and others are well-loved garden and indoor plants.

The name denotes the plants' inclination to seek wet, moist regions in which to grow. The three-petal flowers are not strikingly splashy, but they do bloom regularly in shades of white, pink, and purple. Wandering Jew plants have variegated--purple-striped or solid--heart-shaped leaves and a glossy surface.

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1. Water

When growing your plant indoors, it’s important to give it sufficient water. However, overwatering can lead to root rot and a dying plant. Wandering Jews thrive in moist soil, and weekly watering is recommended during the summer, with less frequency in the winter. Be sure your plant rests in a well-draining pot to avoid soggy soil.

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