Tradescantia subaspera Ker Gawl.
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)
USDA Symbol: TRSU2
Tradescantia subaspera, found from Virginia south to Florida and west to Missouri and Illinois, has blue flowers and a zigzag stem to 3 feet (90 cm) high.
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Margin: Entire
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Blooms rarely white.
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , DC , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MO , MS , NC , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV
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:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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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 subaspera in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tradescantia subaspera in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tradescantia subaspera
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-03-21
Research By: TWC Staff