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Callisia micrantha (Cherisse)
Krenek, Melissa

Callisia micrantha

Callisia micrantha (Torr.) D.R. Hunt

Cherisse, Little-flower Roseling, Southern Coastal Roseling, Little-flower Spiderwort

Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)

Synonym(s): Phyodina micrantha, Tradescantia micrantha

USDA Symbol: CAMI25

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Lanceolate , Oblong
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Ciliate , Entire
Inflorescence: Cyme
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: 2 to 6 inches high
Leaf: Bright green
Flower: Flowers half inch wide

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Color ranges from vivid pink to fuchsia. Flowers open in morning and close with the heat of the day.


Native Distribution: Coastal southern Texas
Native Habitat: Shaded woods

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained sandy, sandy loam, medium loam, clay loam, and clay.
Conditions Comments: Needs at least two hours of sun a day.


Use Ornamental: Perennial shade groundcover for south Texas with attractive blooms
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Maintenance: Water for a solid cover.


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-03-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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