Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1523

Forb
Perennial

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

Rare in GA-NC-SC

Look for it in nutrient-rich forests & woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Blue also pink or white
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
3 sepals
3 petals
6 fertile stamens (bearded)
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Tradescantia virginiana   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Tradescantia virginiana   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 038-03-003:
Tradescantia virginiana   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Tradescantia virginiana

(?) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Tradescantia brevicaulis

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Spiderwort


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_trbr8_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_trvi_001_lvd

        

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Jim Fanning    jcf_spiderwort

April    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Leaves 15-35cm long, 5-12mm wide (narrower than opened flattened sheath), per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Jim Fanning    jcf_spiderwort2

April    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_virginiana_1

April        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_virginiana_2

April        

Petals distinct, broadly ovate, not clawed; stamens free, filaments bearded, per Flora of North America.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_virginiana_spiderwt

April        

Bracts below the inflorescence often wider and longer than the leaves, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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Kevin Adams    kcatradescantiavirgin_28

May    Rockingham County    NC

Flowers in a terminal cluster, blue, purple, or occasionally white, per Wildflowers in the Field and Forest.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtvirginiana_rootsrec2

May    Richland County    SC

Sandhills Recreation Center

Root

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtvirginiana_srec2

May    Richland County    SC

Sandhills Recreation Center

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtvirginiana_srec3

May    Richland County    SC

Sandhills Recreation Center

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtvirginiana_srec4

May    Richland County    SC

Sandhills Recreation Center

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtvirginiana_srec4b

May    Richland County    SC

Sandhills Recreation Center

Sepals densely pubescent (but not glandular-pubescent), per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.