Rose-colored Spiderwort
Tradescantia ohiensis
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth to hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is woods, prairies, waste areas, roadsides and the domestic garden. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are long and slender to several times longer than broad; no teeth and no lobes; sheath that wraps around stem at base of leaf.

Flowers are symmetrical in form and bisexual in nature, clustered at the end of a flowering stem, and supported by bracts that are similar to the stem leaves.

Each flower has 3 sepals; smooth or hairy at the margins; 3 petals that are blue, purple, rose or pink; 6 stamens. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

The related species, T. virginiana, has densely hairy sepals while T. hirsuticaulis,
considered by some to be a dwarf, has long silky hair covering the entire plant. Hirsuticaulis is known to this area in pine woods along a thin strip between Bay Springs across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to Molino and Milton.

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