Tradescantia edwardsiana Tharp
Plateau Spiderwort, Edwards' Spiderwort
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)
USDA Symbol: TRED
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: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
Native Habitat: Endemic to Edwards Plateau. Moist, rich soils.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Conditions Comments: These spring jewels are best planted in an informal or "natural" landscape. Lovely mixed with other groundcovers beneath large trees. The leaves are edible and evergreen in winter.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Tradescantia edwardsiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tradescantia edwardsiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tradescantia edwardsiana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-02-04
Research By: TWC Staff