from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several trailing plants chiefly of the genus Tradescantia, often having variegated purplish foliage and widely grown as houseplants.


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  • In Australia (at least) may refer to the native, Commelina cyania, or a declared weed, Tradescantia albiflora.

    July 23, 2015

  • I like the words "a declared weed".

    July 24, 2015

  • Ha, VM, thanks for the laugh. I tried to edit a typo in my comment probably as you were making yours. Somehow I got the dread page-not-found and therefore deleted my comment. But, as I was saying, the next step is the self-declared weed. My name is Himalaya Blackberry and I am a weed. A very bad weed indeed

    July 24, 2015

  • Ha-ha!! slumry: I deleted my first ha-ha and reposted it because it appeared that I was laughing at my own comment (which was actually a repeat of bilby's comment).

    And, yes, I spotted your tiny typo... but that's not why I laughed.

    July 24, 2015