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Tradescantia hirsuticaulis Small
Hairystem spiderwort, Hairy-stem spiderwort, Hairy-stemmed spiderwort
USDA Symbol: TRHI5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A low-growing, compact spiderwort with deep-purple, three-parted flowers. The long, narrow leaves of this 1 ft., clump-forming spiderwort are fuzzy.
Named after John Tradescant (1608-1662) who served as gardener to Charles 1 of England.
Tradescantia species will hybridize in just about any combination.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
AL , AR , GA , NC , OK , SC , TN Native Distribution:
NC Piedmont and mts. to e. OK, s. to GA & e. TX Native Habitat:
Dry woods; rocky places USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Poor to average, dry soils. Conditions Comments:
Very drought-tolerant. Forms robust clumps even in harsh, dry conditions. May go dormant in the summer and be lush and evergreen
through the winter. Tradescantia species will hybridize in just about any combination.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-09-11
Research By: TWC Staff