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Marcus, Joseph A.
Tradescantia gigantea Rose
USDA Symbol: TRGI
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Named after John Tradescant (1608-1662) who served as gardener to Charles 1 of England.
Tradescantia species will hybridize in just about any combination.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Blue , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
LA , TX Native Habitat:
Prairie/Plains/Meadows/Pastures/Savannahs, Woodlands edge/Opening USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Clay, Clay Loam Medium Loam, Sandy Loam, Sandy, All soils.
Conditions Comments: Tradescantia gigantea has a dainty, three-petal flower with slender, hairy stamens. The flower color can be an indicator of the PH of the soil. Acidic soils produce bluer flowers, while more alkaline soils create varying shades of pink and purple.
BenefitWarning: All parts of this plant contain volatile oil that can cause severe skin inflammation, itching, and blistering on direct contact or if borne by sooty smoke. Washing thoroughly with soap or swabbing with alcohol immediately on exposure removes the oil irritant. The berries are poisonous if eaten.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No
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Native plants for container gardens in Central Texas
March 11, 2008
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Record Modified: 2009-04-15
Research By: GAP