Ok, so lets talk about the "wandering" plant with the offensive name.

plant history

Montgomery is a fabulous, colorful, iridescent plant with awesome leggy growth. He's super easy to care for, and propagates very easily. He blooms little purple flowers as he ages if you keep him happy. We picture him with suspenders and a bow tie... Maybe he makes craft cocktails at an English pub? He has lots of common names - the inch plant, flowering inch plant, wandering Willie, Wandering dude, purple queen, or spiderwort. His historical name is Wandering Jew - but that name has some questionable history - so we choose not to use it. The name is associated with a apocryphal myth that has been used to justify Antisemitism for centuries. 

The Wandering Jew is a mythical immortal man whose legend began to spread in Europe in the 13th century. The original legend concerns a Jew who taunted Jesus on the way to the Crucifixion and was then cursed to walk the earth until the Second Coming. 

While we are certainly not favoring one religion or another here at DPD - We want to be sensitive to issues that could offend our very varied fans! We like Montgomery like he is, and he wants to put this scandalous past to bed. Can we agree to go ahead with the Wandering Dude name instead? :) If you want more - Here's a great article by a PhD in something other than planty-plants. 

wandering jew name offensive

• Light: Medium to bright, indirect light

• Water: Water when the top 1" of soil feels dry

• Considerations: VERY easy to care for, you guys. A brand NEW plant parent can handle this guy. 

• Pot: Grey terracotta with attached saucer and hand-done gold leafing

Tradescantia fluminensis, T. pallida, T. zebrina

In past years, he was know as the wandering Jew plant, but that name has fallen out of favor with lots of folx. He's also known as the inch plant, flowering inch plant, wandering Willie, Wandering dude, purple queen, or spiderwort. 

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  • Amarinth on

    Oh no! Surely you all have heard the “Tale of the Wandering Dude!” Known as a slur against the homeless and is used to justify “bum bashing!” Is there even a word left that would be acceptable to everyone??

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