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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Tradescantia subacaulis Bush
USDA Symbol: trsu
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The genus is named after John Tradescant (1608-1662) who served as gardener to Charles 1 of England.
Tradescantia species will hybridize in just about any combination.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
AR , TX Native Habitat:
Loose sandy soils, open woods, or open ground in southeast and central Texas; endemic. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: Nice at the edge of a garden or between stepping stones. Foliage appears in the fall and goes dormant in the summer. Propagate seed and plant in sandy soil.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No
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Record Modified: 2009-04-15
Research By: DEW, JSC, ADA, GAP