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Tradescantia crassifolia

21st November 2010

A widely distributed species from Mexico, it has also been recorded from the USA and should be fairly cold hardy. I was given a plant grown from seed collected in Mexico and it did not look happy through the winter (but survived). I know almost nothing about it but a quick search drew my attention to the fact that it causes widespread allergic reactions in pets, especially cats. Fortunately I don't have a cat.