Q& A WITH JULIE
Hi Julie. Can you please identify this plant? I got it as a cutting more than five years ago from a private garden in Mission Beach, where it was cascading out of a large pot. It has creeping stems, bromeliad-like rosetted growth and slowly has spread through a garden bed even through this drought. It recently flowered so I was hoping you could identify it. Thanks Jules, Aitkenvale.
This plant is a Callista fragrans. It is in the Commelinaceae family of plants, which includes Tradescantia (Wanding Jew). Commonly called Basket Plant or Fragrant Inch Plant. Native to Mexico, it is well suited to southeast Queensland, where it is an environmental weed, especially the purple form, for some reason. Not known as a weed in this region, but careful placement if near bushland is advised. (Thanks again to John Roach for ID assistance!)