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PlantFiles: Texas Spiderwort
Tradescantia humilis

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tradescantia (trad-es-KAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: humilis (HEW-mil-is) (Info)

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1 positive
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pc6 On May 4, 2013, pc6 from Durham, NC wrote:

I visited a friend in Wichita Falls, TX in early April 2013. It was 89 degrees while I was there, and my friend was complaining of drought. I noticed these odd little plants in her sun baked cow pasture that 2 inch tall day lilies. I dug a few up, threw them in my suitcase and brought them home.
They are in a planter on the patio that gets bright, but indirect sun all day long. The plants have shot up to a foot high, and look much more grass-like than lily-like.
The flowers are the clincher. They are blue, with three leaves, obviously Tradescantias. Whether they are truly T. humilis, I don't know.
I'll try to observe them over the summer and see how they do, maybe take a few pictures as well.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Durham, North Carolina

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