The Main Plant entry for Tradescantias (Tradescantia)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb

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Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-08-07
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-04-07
"spiderwort," not sure which species.
Location: my Zone 7b garden in North Georgia Mountains
Date: 2023-04-25

Date: 2013-05-12
Location: Wood County, Texas
Date: 2021-05-16
Growing wild
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-08-07
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-06-03
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Date: 2022-05-30
Location: Mobot - Missouri Botanical Garden - St Louis
Date: 9-22-07
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-07-06
Tradescantia
Location: Maine
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-03-05
Location: My fromt yard, N. Watauga, TX
Date: 2012-04-16
This plant is Native to Texas, and is also known as Spiderwort. I
Location: my Zone 7b garden in North Georgia Mountains
Date: 2023-04-25
Location: Indiana  zone 5
Date: 2015-06-30
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-05-04
Location: Charleston, SC
Date: 2021-04-22
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-05-12
Location: my garden WG frt bed
Date: 2018-03-10
Location: Charleston, SC
Date: 2018-03-30
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-10-03
Location: Columbus, OH
Date: 6-11-2003
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-01-01
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2011-05-25
#Pollination
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: mom's garden 
Date: 2014-08-26

Date: 2013-06-05
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2013-08-12
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-08-07
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-06-07
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2014-03-28
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2016-05-03
Zone 9b.
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-07-06
Tradescantia bud cluster
Location: Columbus, OH
Date: 6-11-2003
Location: Columbus, OH
Date: 6-11-2003
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2019-04-29
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-07-03

Date: 2021-01-23

Date: 2021-01-23
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-09-20
Leaves turning pretty red shades from the sun.
Location: No. California 
Date: 2021-10-01
Location: my garden zone 7A Cape Cod, MA
Date: 2015-05-11
Photo by jmorth
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-06-09
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-03-18
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-03-16
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2014-04-13
"Naturalizing" beautifully.
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2018-05-04
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-04-11
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2016-02-09
Photo by ketsui73
Location: Jefferson County, Texas
Date: May 17, 2016
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-03-11
Location: central Illinois
Date: 6-9-11
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-03-19
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-03-16
spiderwort
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-03-16
Location: Houston
Date: 5-1-12
Location: Houston
Date: 2012-05-01
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-04-19

Date: 2013-03-23

Date: 2013-03-23
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2018-04-29
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-06-09
Location: central Illinois
Date: 5-18-12
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-04-17
Location: Botanical Garden of Münster
Date: July
credit: Rüdiger Wölk, Münster
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-05-05
Location: Nita's garden 
Date: 2015-11-13
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-05-18
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2021-04-08
Location: my front bed garden 
Date: 2014-04-08
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-09-27
Location: central Illinois
Date: 6-11-11
Location: Beautiful Tennessee, my garden
Date: 7-11-2017
Have to dig it up to get rid of it.
Location: my garden WG front 
Date: 2018-03-12
Location: my garden  front WG
Date: 2018-03-12
Photo by Agoo
Location: my garden WG side  frt  bed 
Date: 2018-03-10
Location: my garden WG frt 
Date: 2018-03-10
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Comments:
  • 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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

  • 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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piksihk On March 19, 2019 Bloomed
Purple and pink are blooming;
piksihk On March 4, 2018 Bloomed
WG - pink one clump under azalea
White one clump under azalea

Blue -
piksihk On March 2, 2017 Bloomed
purple in rock garden with daylilies;
white at WG; front bed under crape m.
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