The Main Plant entry for Tradescantias (Tradescantia)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb


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  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Apr 17, 2012 12:11 AM concerning plant:
    Spiderwort is native to US. Its an easy to grow, sun to part shade, perennial that will spread by underground rhizomes. Because of the spreading. be careful where you plant it. It blooms in spring, looks ragged in summer, and perks up its leaves in fall. Several cultivars have been developed, in purple, pink, and white. I love the way the yellow stamens glow against the purple petals, but I know some gardeners who have had this plant and decided they don't like it.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 23, 2013 11:33 PM concerning plant:
    "Tradescantia, the Spiderworts, is a genus of an estimated 71 species of perennial plants in the family Commelinaceae, native to the New World from southern Canada south to northern Argentina. They are weakly upright to scrambling plants, growing to 30–60 cm tall, and are commonly found individually or in clumps in wooded areas and fields. The leaves are long, thin and bladelike to lanceolate, from 3–45 cm long. The flowers can be white, pink, or purple, but are most commonly bright blue, with three petals and six yellow anthers. The sap is mucilaginous and clear. A number of the species flower in the morning and when the sun shines on the flowers in the afternoon they close, but can remain open on cloudy days until evening. Unlike most wildflowers of the United States and Canada (other than orchids and lilies), spiderworts are monocots and not dicots.

    Though sometimes considered a weed, spiderwort is cultivated for borders and also used in containers. Where it appears as a volunteer, it is often welcomed and allowed to stay.

    Some members of the genus Tradescantia may cause allergic reactions in pets (especially cats and dogs), characterised by red, itchy skin. Notable culprits include T. albiflora (Scurvy Weed); T. spathacea (Moses In The Cradle); and T. pallida (Purple Heart).

    The Western Spiderwort T. occidentalis is listed as an endangered species in Canada, where the northernmost populations of the species are found at a few sites in southern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta; it is however more common further south in the United States south to Texas and Arizona."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

  • Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Sep 23, 2013 9:24 AM concerning plant:
    Tradescantias have blade-like leaves (usually thin) and are monocots, having one seed-leaf like grass or bamboo.

    Considered perennials in their native range, many are house plants in the north. They are easily propagated by stem cuttings and will root in water.
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White one clump under azalea

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piksihk On March 2, 2017 Bloomed
purple in rock garden with daylilies;
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id by Hamwild Jan 23, 2021 7:42 PM 1
Not T. spathacea by purpleinopp Feb 14, 2022 8:04 AM 5
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