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The grit is 5 mm.

Author:  Justus Carl Hasskarl, 1870
Family:  COMMELINACEAE
Origin:  Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  Blue - Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Dolls Powder Puff, Job's Tears, Wandering Jew
Synonyms:  Tradescantia speciosa LinnÚ, 1782.
Cyanotis nodiflora
Kunth, 1843.
Cyanotis speciosa subsp. bulbosa Faden.
Commelina speciosa, Thunb.
Tonningia speciosa, Raf.

This member of the Commelinaceae family was
given this name by Justus Carl Hasskarl in 1870. It is found in southern Africa and Madagascar, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to a lot of sun. The bulb can grow up to five centimetres in diameter, the whole plant will grow up to 30 centimetres in height. The flowers are blue to pink.

The genera name from Latin; cyaneus; 'blue'. The species name means 'showy' or  'spectacular'.


Photo from Smithsonian Institution.