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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Tradescantia bracteata Small ex Britt.
Bracted spiderwort, Long-bract spiderwort
USDA Symbol: trbr
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Erect, stout, usually unbranched stems, 10-16 in. tall. Grass-like leaves. Several flowers in clusters at top of stem, subtended by bracts similar to stem leaves. Three blue-violet petals and six stamens tipped with bright yellow anthers. Long-bract spiderwort flowers close by midday and last only one day.
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: Jun , Jul
AR , IA , IL , IN , KS , LA , MA , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , OH , OK , SD , WI , WY Native Distribution:
WI to s.e. MT, s. to AR & OK Native Habitat:
Moist to dry prairies USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist to dry soils
Conditions Comments: Tradescantia species will hybridize in just about any combination.
Plant treated seed in fall. Seed germinates best in cool soils. A faster method of propagation is divide a large clump into several pieces. Divide in early fall or very early spring. Stem
cuttings may be taken any time during the growing season. Remo Seed Collection:
The small light-green capsule,
surrounded by three green bracts is mature 2-3 weeks after flowering. A few days prior to splitting, the capsule
becomes dry and papery. Collecting seeds is easiest by tying a small bag around the unsplit capsule. Store in sealed, refrigerated containers. Seed Treatment:
Cold-moist stratify for 120 days. Commercially Avail:
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Toadshade Wildflower Farm
- Frenchtown, NJPrairie Nursery
- Westfield, WI
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Record Modified: 2009-04-15
Research By: TWC Staff