Tradescantia fluminensis is a perennial ground cover that spreads along the ground with soft, hairless stems and leaves. The fleshy stems root at any node that is on the surface. The plant has oval, dark-green leaves with pointed tips that are shiny, smooth and slightly fleshy about 1.25–2.5 inches (32–64 mm) long. The flowers are white with three petals and approx. 0.5–1 inch (13–25 mm) in diameter. They are produced in small clusters in summer and the flowers can make several seeds.