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.
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