Wandering jew Identification
Wandering jew (Tradescantia fluminensis) is a highly invasive ground-growing, creeping succulent plant. This rapidly growing weed is generally found areas that are moist and shady. It will out-compete native vegetation by smothering the ground using its roots sent out from each node.
The glossy leaves are dark green and oval-shaped to a point, growing between 5 and 10 mm long. This weed has small white flowers that have three petals and usually grow 7–10 mm long, with several bright yellow-orange pollen-covered anthers atop its stamens. The flowers are produced mainly in spring and are found in small clusters at the tips of brittle succulent branches.
Wandering jew has also been found to cause allergic skin reactions in dogs and rapid death when consumed by cattle.
Controlling Wandering jew
Wandering jew is not a prohibited weed under the Biosecurity Act 2014 but by law individuals have a responsibility to take steps to minimise the risks associated with this weed. Do not leave any pieces of the weed when removing as regrowth from small branches can occur easily.
Herbicides for control of Wandering jew
|Method of application
|Starane™ Advanced Herbicide
||900 mL/100 L of water
|Vigilant™ II Herbicide
||Neat. 50% leaf area
# Note: Preferred product option in bold. * Consult label for details of growth stage and use, especially where range of rates is given.