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Tradescantia brevifolia (Torr.) Rose
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)
Synonym(s): Setcreasea brevifolia, Setcreasea ovata, Tradescantia leiandra var. brevifolia
USDA Symbol: TRBR6
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Sprawling herbaceous, succulent perennial. Stems to 30cm in length. Leaves spirally arranged, clasping, bluish-green.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Tuberous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate , Whorled
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Oblanceolate
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Texture: Leathery
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems prostrate, up to about 1 foot long.
Flower: Petals three.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Flowering after rains from spring until fall.
Native Distribution: Trans-Pecos Texas and northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky, grassy, north-facing slopes and mountainsides.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
BenefitUse Medicinal: Flower used medicinally for the treatment of dysentery, enterorrhagia and hemoptysis.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: 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:
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
Web ReferenceWebref 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Tradescantia brevifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tradescantia brevifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tradescantia brevifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-03-01
Research By: JAM