Tradescantia hirsuticaulis- Hairy Flower Spiderwort Bush by May Lattanzio
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Native to the southeast. Found in dry woods, rock outcroppings. Alabama to Texas.

Group: Monocot
Family: Commelinaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status:
L48 N

“Tradescantia or spiderworts are quite common, easy to identify and often cultivated. They have slender, grasslike leaves with bases sheathing the stem. Flowers are terminal clusters subtended by a leaflike bract. The flowers consist of three green sepals, three white, pink, or blue petals, six stamens supported on hairy filaments, and a single, three-parted pistil. Some have observed that in the sun the flowers, which open in the early morning appear to melt leaving a drop of colored liquid. I have not seen that. They do only last a day, however (they are also called dayflower) and are usually spent by late afternoon.

This plant and many others of its kind are scattered in one section of my yard in Bayou George, FL. They bloom from March throughout the summer here in the panhandle.

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native, perennial, southeast, spiderwort, tradescamtoa, hirsuiticaulis, hairyflower, plant, bush

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Comments

  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous. Beautiful colours, a lovely shape and the shadows are perfect. A lovely shot.
    j

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioover 5 years ago

    Thank you, Jesika -

    I had thought of ripping them all out – but then, I would never have bumblebees – actually all kinds of bees humming through them. How silly of me. So now I let them grow where they want to.

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    This is a beautiful wildflower!! I’ve not seen it before!! I take it that you took this one in your yard?

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioover 5 years ago

    Yes, Blair. It’s grows wild here. Thank you.

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 5 years ago

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