Tradescantia virginiana

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Tradescantia virginiana
Open flower with a Toxomerus hoverfly feeding
Open flower with a Toxomerus sp. hoverfly feeding
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Commelinales
Family: Commelinaceae
Genus: Tradescantia
T. virginiana
Binomial name
Tradescantia virginiana

Tradescantia virginiana, the Virginia spiderwort,[1] is the type species of Tradescantia native to the eastern United States. Commonly grown in many gardens and also found growing wild along roadsides and railway lines, there are 75 of hybrids of Tradescantia species, such as Tradescantia ohiensis, the Bluejacket which closely resembles Virginia spiderwort and is the most common and widely distributed species of Tradescantia in North America.[2]


Tradescantia virginiana is a herbaceous plant with alternate, simple leaves, on tubular stems. The flowers are blue, purple, or white, borne in summer.


Tradescantia virginiana is a perennial forb/herb. It likes most moist soils but can adapt to drier garden soils. Plants may be propagated from seed but they are more easily started from cuttings or divisions.


Tradescantia virginiana is found in eastern North America, west to Missouri, south to northern South Carolina and Alabama, and north to Ontario, Vermont, and Michigan. Much of the northern range, however, may represent garden escapes rather than indigenous wild populations.[3]



  1. ^ "Tradescantia virginiana". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 14 December 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Tradescantia ohiensis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 31 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "9. Tradescantia virginiana Linnaeus". Flora of North America.