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PlantFiles: Transpecos Spiderwort
Tradescantia brevifolia

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tradescantia (trad-es-KAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: brevifolia (brev-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Setcreasea brevifolia
Synonym:Setcreasea ovata
Synonym:Tradescantia leiandra var. brevifolia

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive goofballTex On May 28, 2014, goofballTex from Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I got this plant a few years back at one of the spring plant sales at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It's a beautiful little pastel green plant with semi-succulent leaves that is easy to grow. I keep it in a container that I bring indoors for the winter, but I've also rooted cuttings in the ground that are hardy here in Plano (zone 8a). They root very easily from just about any piece that happens to break off. Just stick the stems in some soil and keep moist, and they will root.

Their succulent nature makes them an attractive target for cottontails when food is scarce, but they seem to recover well from being chewed to the ground as long as they're well established.

In the spring, the Trans-Pecos spiderwort has little three-petalled violet flowers at the tips of each stem, though I haven't seen any seeds thus far. No matter, really, since they're so easy to propagate vegetatively.

Neutral frostweed On Oct 31, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Transpecos Spiderwort, Tradescantia brevifolia, is Endemic to Texas.


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

Plano, Texas

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