E. S. Anderson & Woodson
The stems can grow to over 50cm tall. They grow from thickened roots and are characterized as herbaceous, typically glabrous but occasionally hirsute. The stems are glaucous and somewhat succulent.
The leaves are alternate and sheathing at the base, growing up to 30cm long. Each leaf is about 4cm broad. The leaves are glaucous above and below (less so above), glabrous, ciliate margined, and narrowly lanceolate.
The flowers have three petals which are white to pink or lilac. They are glabrous and broadly ovate, about 2cm long and forming broad, distinct shapes. Each flower has six stamens. The filaments are 3mm long and are white, with dense multicellular hairs longer than the filament attached mostly to the lower half. The anthers are yellow and are 2mm broad and 1mm long. Style 1 they are glabrous and are 2-3mm long.[clarification needed] The ovaries are 3-locular (one ovule per locule), with erect gland-tipped hairs on the summit. They have three sepals and are ovate, acute and glandular pilose externally, glabrous internally. The sepals are about 8mm long and 4mm broad with free accrescent.
Tradescantia ozarkana flowers from April to May.
The plants can be found in rich, rocky areas, including woods and bluff ledges.
The species is native to the U.S.