Tradescantia roseolens

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Longleaf Spiderwort


Also known as Tradescantia longifolia

Plant Specifics

Size:.5' to 1.5' ft tall by .5' -to 1' ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Lavender
Fruit Color:Green
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


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.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:5.6 - 7.8



Attracts pollinators.

Native Habitats:Sandhill, scrub and disturbed areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General 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.