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Tradescantia pinetorum

Tradescantia pinetorum Greene

Pinewoods Spiderwort, Pine Spiderwort

Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)

Synonym(s): Aneilema pinetorum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Clusters of blue-purple, 3-petaled flowers atop several lightly but roughly hairy stems that are mostly unbranched and erect but often bent and leaning at knee-like nodes.

This species and Western Spiderwort (T. occidentalis) were used by Native Americans as a cooked vegetable. Western Spiderwort, which grows from Montana south to Arizona and east to North Dakota and Texas, has smooth stems with several joints and bright blue to nearly rose-colored flowers. Wright's Spiderwort (T. wrightii), found on limestone slopes from central New Mexico to western Texas, has smooth stems in tufts, only about 6" (15 cm) high, and a few glandular hairs on the sepals and individual flower stalks.

The genus is named after John Tradescant (1608-1662) who served as gardener to Charles I of England.

Tradescantia species will hybridize in just about any combination.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Margin: Entire
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 15 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Distribution: Southern Arizona, southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Open brush and woods.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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


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

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