Giant spiderwort (Tradescantia gigantea)

Description: Named after John Tradescant (1608-1662) who served as gardener to Charles 1 of England. Tradescantia species will hybridize in just about any combination.

Family: Commelinaceae

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: TRGI

Duration: Perennial

Habit: Herb

Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color: White, Blue, Purple, Pink, Violet

Bloom Time: Mar, Apr

Water Use: Medium

Light Requirements: Sun

Soil Moisture: Moist

Bloom Notes: Native Habitat: Prairie/Plains/Meadows/Pastures/Savannahs, Woodlands edge/Opening.
Soil Description: Clay, Clay Loam Medium Loam, Sandy Loam, Sandy, All soils.
Conditions Comments: Tradescantia gigantea has a dainty, three-petal flower with slender, hairy stamens. The flower color can be an indicator of the PH of the soil. Acidic soils produce bluer flowers, while more alkaline soils create varying shades of pink and purple.

Missing Images: Plant, Leaf, Close-Up, Fruit-Seed

Data Completeness: Complete

ATTRIBUTION: All of the Texas Wildflower images in this post are copyrighted and are the exclusive property of Terry B. Kahler. Reproduction without explisit written consent is prohibited. Some of the information contained in this section was taken from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website and is being used under their terms of use. Redistribution from this site is prohibited. Additional information contained in this section was taken from the USDA website including the USDA code.

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