Tradescantia hirsuticaulis Small
Hairystem spiderwort, Hairy-stem spiderwort, Hairy-stemmed spiderwort
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)
USDA Symbol: TRHI5
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: 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
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.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Tradescantia hirsuticaulis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tradescantia hirsuticaulis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tradescantia hirsuticaulis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-09-11
Research By: TWC Staff