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Virginia Spiderwort
Tradescantia virginiana

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 spiderworts 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

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Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.