Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1522

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in dry to mesic woodlands and forests, hammocks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Blue
Pedicel 1-1.7cm long
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
3 sepals
3 petals
6 fertile stamens (bearded)
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Commelinales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Tradescantia subaspera   FAMILY Commelinaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Tradescantia subaspera var. montana   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 038-03-002:
Tradescantia subaspera   FAMILY Commelinaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS National Database:
Tradescantia subaspera var. subaspera

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Tradescantia pilosa

 

COMMON NAME:
Zigzag Spiderwort, Wide-leaved Spiderwort


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image of Tradescantia subaspera

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_trmo13_001_lvd

        

var. montana

image of Tradescantia subaspera

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_trpi8_001_lvd

        

var. subaspera

image of Tradescantia subaspera

JK Marlow    jkm140519_883

May    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Var. montana - its size is generally less than that of var. subaspera, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Tradescantia subaspera

JK Marlow    jkm140519_894

May    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Var. montana - its stems are straight or only slightly zigzag, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Tradescantia subaspera

JK Marlow    jkm0506d_08

June    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Leaves 15-35cm long, 0.6-4.5cm wide. Plant glabrous or pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Tradescantia subaspera

JK Marlow    jkm150607_290

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Tradescantia subaspera

JK Marlow    jkm150607_290b

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Sepals 7-10mm long, pubescent at least apically, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Tradescantia subaspera

JK Marlow    jkm0407f_15b

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowers distinctly pedicillate; petals distinct, broadly ovate, not clawed, per Flora of North America.

image of Tradescantia subaspera

JK Marlow    jkm090707_063

July    Avery County    NC

The Roan Highlands

Leaves 0.6-4.5cm wide (upper leaf blades wider than opened flattened sheath), per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Tradescantia subaspera

JK Marlow    jkm090707_064

July    Avery County    NC

The Roan Highlands

Our Spiderworts have cymes of flowers growing out of leaflike bracts, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Tradescantia subaspera

JK Marlow    jkm090707_065

July    Avery County    NC

The Roan Highlands

The 6 fertile stamens have bearded filaments, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.