Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk' Care
Most Tradescantia originated naturally in Mexico, Central America, and South America. In the 17th century, they were introduced as houseplants in Europe. But Tradescantia albiflora 'Nanouk' was developed in 2012 in The Netherlands with the goal of creating a variety of Tradescantia that grows vigorously, is hardy, and has beautiful and distinct leaf coloration. You can read more here.
Nanouk have thick leaves that allow them to store water better than most Tradescantia varieties. The thick leaves also allow them to hold up to direct sun exposure. This is fantastic because bright light intensifies their leaf color and promotes tiny, white, and utterly adorable flowers to bloom.
Due to their color, nanouk may also be referred to as bubblegum Tradescantia. Some will argue that bubblegum is actually the nickname for Tradescantia 'lilac', which looks very similar to nanouk and was created earlier. There is controversy over nanouk ripping off lilac, which you can read about here, but the houseplant hobby world has enough drama. So let's move on and agree that all pink Tradescantia , including pink panther, lilac, lavender, and rainbow, are all beautiful.
If you would like to try out a nanouk, they’re pretty much always in the store since we love them so much! They are striking when paired with a simple white pot or a solid color pot in the cyan color group. (Between green and blue and a Green Lady Gardens favorite.) I mean, just look at this slideshow!
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