Hairy Stem Spiderwort
Tradescanta hirsuticaulis
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) Family

Hairy Stem Spiderwort is densely covered with pubescent hair from top to bottom, including the flower. That characteristic is easily seen opposite. The plant might be referred to as "Dwarf Spiderwort" although the word is misused as it may reach heights of 24 inches or more. Its preferred habitat is dry, sandy pine woods and roadsides. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.

Rarely does the plant colonize, put prefers to stand as individual plants spread over wide areas. It has no particular preference to seashore or inland environments beyond the margin of wooded areas.

The leaves are long and slender, no leaf stalk (clasping), densely hairy on both sides and along the prominent mid-vein.

Flowering occurs in late spring and may be seen in shades of blue, pink or white.

Fruit is an ovoid capsule that splits at maturity to release several gray seeds.

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