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Virginia Spiderwort


Scientific Name     

Tradescantia virginiana   L.

Family Name

Commenlinaceae  (Spiderwort family) 

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form

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

moist woods and prairies

Plant Height:  

20-40 cm, erect

Flower Color:  

blue/violet, sometimes white

Flower:  

hypogynous (perianth and stamens attached directly to receptacle); perfect; complete; 2.5-5 cm wide; 3 hairy sepals, 3 petals; 6 hairy stamens; ovary with 3 locules; 1-2 ovules per locule

Inflorescence:  

terminal cluster subtended by a pair of long, narrow bracts

Fruit:  

capsule

Leaves:  

entire; simple; linear; folded lengthwise forming a channel; to 38 cm long 

Bloom Time:  

April-June

Origins:  

native

Other:  

flowers open only in morning; petals then wilt and turn to a jelly-like fluid; common name comes from angular leaf arrangement which suggests a squatting spider