This plant is causing me some duress in my garden, though it is with some sadness that it is removed. Not because of the plant itself, but because of its name.
As I work, there’s plenty of time to think about the history of the Jewish people and of the warnings recorded in the Bible that were given to Israel and Judah in the Old Testament and of the resultant defeat and dispersion of the Jewish people to distant lands.
God patiently pleaded with and warned His people to return to Him, but they didn’t listen to His pleadings….“and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto Jehovah your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness, and repenteth him of the evil.” Joel 2:13
Yet, even when the Israelites were captive in a foreign land, God still called them to Himself:
“For if ye turn again unto Jehovah, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that led them captive, and shall come again into this land: for Jehovah your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.”
2 Chronicles 30:9 ASV
Today, God still patiently calls His people to Himself with mercy, love and grace.
“Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God: but exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called To-day; lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin: for we are become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end: while it is said, To-day if ye shall hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”
Hebrews 3:12-15 ASV
And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am Jehovah your God, and there is none else; and my people shall never be put to shame. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”
Joel 2:13, 27-28 ASV
Tradescantia or Spiderwort is known by the common name Wandering Jew.
Here is a brief overview of the three species of this perennial plant:
In Australia, this plant is listed in some States as an Invasive Species, and as I understand it, though not prohibited, it’s necessary to take reasonable steps to minimise any risks associated with it.
It is also toxic to dogs. When we had a small Westie, we had to be vigilant to remove this plant as it can cause irritation to the dog’s skin.
This species is native to South America. T. fluminensis leaves are ovate to oblong- with leaves that are dark green. The flowers are white. There is also the Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Variegata’.
This species is native to Mexico and gets its name from its zebra-like leaves. T. zebrina leaves are paired, creamy white in the middle of each half, and silvery green on the edges. Its flowers are light purple.
Tradescantia pallida (Purple Heart)
This Spiderwort species is also native to Mexico and is arguably the most popular of the three. Its flowers are light purple.
God is His great love for His People, desires that we have a “place” where we belong and where we are loved.
Jesus said: “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
John 14:2-3 ASV