Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) Family
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.
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.
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.