Tradescantia roseolens

Longleaf spiderwort

Commelinaceae

Synonyms:  Tradescantia longifolia

wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: .5' to 1.5'    Width: .5' -to 1'
Flower Color: flower color      lavender
Fruit Color: fruit color      green
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Border plantings.
Considerations: May cause allergic reaction in dogs and cats characterized by red itchy skin.
Propagation: Dividing root ball, seed, allow seed pods to dry on plant, then break open to collect seeds.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: 5.6 - 7.8

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant  
Attracts pollinators.
Native Habitats: Sandhill, scrub and disturbed areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   9A,9B

Other

Other Comments: The cells of the stamen hairs of some Tradescantia are colored blue, but when exposed to sources of ionizing radiation such as gamma rays, the cells mutate and change color to pink; they are one of the few tissues known to serve as an effective bioassay for ambient radiation levels.