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Tradescantia subaspera (Zigzag spiderwort)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Tradescantia subaspera

Tradescantia subaspera Ker Gawl.

Zigzag spiderwort

Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)


USDA Symbol: TRSU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Tradescantia subaspera, found from Virginia south to Florida and west to Missouri and Illinois, has blue flowers and a zigzag stem to 3 feet (90 cm) high.

The genus is 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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Blooms rarely white.


USA: AL , AR , DC , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MO , MS , NC , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Tradescantia subaspera in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tradescantia subaspera in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tradescantia subaspera


Record Last Modified: 2012-09-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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