Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1519

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in NC-SC Piedmont (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Look for it in dry rocky woodlands, and rock outcrops (especially granitic flatrocks and domes), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Tradescantia hirsuticaulis   FAMILY Commelinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Tradescantia hirsuticaulis

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 038-03-005:
Tradescantia hirsuticaulis   FAMILY Commelinaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Hairy Spiderwort


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image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

Bill Sharpton    gws1519_a

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Flowers range in color from purple to rose-red, and occasionally white, per Guide to the Plants of Granite Outcrops.

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

Harry Davis    hld1521_crw_0286

April    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm080427_043

April    Pickens County    SC

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm080428_062

April    Pickens County    SC

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm080428_064

April    Pickens County    SC

Densely hairy, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm110416_705

April    Etowah County    AL

Tradescantia spathes are paired, terminate stem, and resemble foliage leaves, per Weakley's Flora (2015).

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm110416_734

April    Etowah County    AL

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm140426_663

April    Pickens County    SC

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm200425_4222

April    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm200425_4224

April    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm200425_4227

April    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm200425_4228

April    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm200428_4435

April    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

The sepals bear both glandular and non-glandular hairs, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_hirsuticaulis

April        

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

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_hirsuticaulis_3

April        

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm200508_4780

May    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Leaves 7-25cm long, 5-15mm wide (narrower than opened flattened sheath), per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Tradescantia hirsuticaulis, Hairy Spiderwort

JK Marlow    jkm200508_4783

May    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve