Tradescantia subacaulis Bush
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)
Synonym(s): Tradescantia texana
USDA Symbol: trsu
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AR , TX
Native Habitat: Loose sandy soils, open woods, or open ground in southeast and central Texas; endemic.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: Nice at the edge of a garden or between stepping stones. Foliage appears in the fall and goes dormant in the summer. Propagate seed and plant in sandy soil.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Texas Master Naturalists - Lost Pines Chapter - Bastrop, TX
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Tradescantia subacaulis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tradescantia subacaulis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tradescantia subacaulis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-04-15
Research By: DEW, JSC, ADA, GAP