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Callisia rosea (Piedmont roseling)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Callisia rosea

Callisia rosea (Vent.) D.R. Hunt

Piedmont Roseling, Spiderwort

Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)

Synonym(s): Callisia graminifolia, Cuthbertia rosea, Tradescantia rosea

USDA Symbol: CARO18

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A clumped perennial of slender stalks and bright-green leaves to 20 in. high. The leaves are quite narrow, less than 1/8 in. wide. Small, deep-rose flowers close by midday and last only one day.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , FL , GA , MD , NC , SC , VA
Native Distribution: Coastal plain from GA to s.e. VA
Native Habitat: Dry, sandy coastal areas; thin, sandy woods

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, sandy soil.
Conditions Comments: Tradescantia species will hybridize in just about any combination.


Description: Seeds sown fresh outdoors germinate in two weeks. Alternatively, seeds may be stored over winter and sown in early spring without pretreatment. A faster method of propagation is divide a large clump into several pieces. Divide in early fall or very ear
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: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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