New Zealand Talk Show Host calls for renaming weed
Popular New Zealand radio personality Bruce Russell has called for a new name to be given to the noxious weed ‘The Wandering Jew”.
On his highly-rated NewstalkZB, Russell described the weed as being the worst in the country on his “worst weeds list” during a gardening segment.
But he added: “The Jews wandered for years. They’ve got their homeland. Maybe it needs a name change, do you think?”
The Oxford Dictionary defines “wandering Jew” as:
- a legendary man said to have been condemned by Christ to wander the earth until the Second Coming.
- a person who never settles down.
- 2a tender trailing tradescantia, typically having striped leaves which are suffused with purple.
A native to South America, Wandering jew (Tradescantia fluminernsis) or as it’s some times called “Trad” is a fleshy-leaved creeping plant that grows as a ground cover.
It is popular in gardens as it establishes easily in moist shady areas.
Wandering jew has become a major environmental weed in many areas particularly along streams and gullies where it spreads quickly and out competes other natives.
In Australia, it appears that “jew” is not capitalised.