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Native Plant Society of Texas

Giant Spiderwort

Tradescantia gigantea

Other common name(s):

Family:

Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Cross Timbers, Edwards Plateau, Texas Blackland Prairies
Limestone Cut Plain
Balcones Canyonlands, Edwards Plateau Woodland
Northern Blackland Prairie, Southern Blackland Prairie

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Herbaceous

Height

1
to
3
ft.

Spread

0
to
1
ft.

Leaf Retention

Deciduous

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Sand, Loam, Clay, Rocky, Acid, Alkaline, Rich, Moist, Neutral

Light Requirement

Sun, Part Shade

Water Requirement

Medium

Native Habitat

Grassland, Woodland, Wetland or Riparian, Variable

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

White, Pink, Blue, Purple, Violet

Bloom Season

Spring

Seasonal Interest

Forage, Nectar, Pollen

Wildlife Benefit

Nectar Insects, Deer, Bees

Maintenance

None needed.

Comments

Tradescantia gigantea is a spring bloomer that is wonderful along woodland edges. It has a dainty, three-petal flower with slender, yellow 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. Tradescantia species will hybridize in just about any combination.

References

1) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=7735&locationType=County&mapType=Normal 2) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt 3) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=TRGI
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