Tradescantia occidentalis (Britton ) Smyth
Also Called: Prairie spiderwort.
Flowering Period: May, June, July, August, September
Family: Spiderwort ( Commelinaceae )
Height: 8 to 20”
Life Span: Perennial
Stems: Smooth, erect and leafy
Leaves: Alternate, simple, the base of each forming a tubular sheath around the stem.
Inflorescences: Flowers arranged in clusters enveloped by boat-shaped bracts.
Flowers: Radially symmetrical, sepals 3; petals 3; stamens 6; all these parts attached at base of ovary. Flowers close by mid-day and last only one day.
Fruits: Capsule with 3 chambers
Habitat: Sandy and rocky soil, open brush and open woods
Distribution: County Distribution Map
Origin: Native to U.S. A.
Uses: This species and the Pine Spiderwort were used by Indians as a cooked vegetable.
Comments: Named for John Tradescantia (1608-1662) who worked as a gardener to Charles I of England.
Tradescantia will hybridize in just about any combination.