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Connecticut Plants
Virginia Spiderwort
Tradescantia virginiana L.

Spiderwort flowers open in the morning, then wilt and turn to mush in the afternoon. This species and Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) are the only spiderwort species native to Connecticut, but many hybrid spiderworts are grown as garden plants, and these occasionally escape into the wild.

  • Family: spiderwort (Commelinaceae)
  • Habitat: open woods, thickets & roadsides
  • Height: 1 to 3 feet
  • Flower size: 1 to 1-1/2 inches across
  • Flower color: blue or purple
  • Flowering time: May to July
  • Origin: native
Tradescantia virginiana L.

Photographed in Mercer County, New Jersey in late April.

Tradescantia virginiana L.

The anther filaments have long hairs, giving the center of the flowers a fuzzy appearance.

Tradescantia virginiana L.