Tradescantia virginiana Spiderwort

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This showy native, whose genus name honors naturalist John Tradescant, grows in scattered pockets throughout the eastern half of the United States.* Its common name may derive from several characteristics: its crouching spider-like leaf arrangement, web-like flower filaments or web-like sap secretions from cut stems. The Virginia Native Plant Society honored Spiderwort as Wildflower of the Year in 2008.

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Tradescantia virginiana Spiderwort

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