Spiderwort

Tradescantia virginiana

Family: Spiderwort (Commenlinaceae)

Petal arrangement: The Spiderwort flower has 3 semmetrical petals that radiate out from the stem with a very small corolla. The 6 stamens are a golden color that project forward. The each petal is about 1/2 inch or 1 to 2 centimeters long.

Color: Violet

Leaf arrangement: The leaves are very long, and have a lance-shape. The stem extends straight up with the flowers at the top. The leaves are alternate, and seemingly basal.

Size, Location, Season: The Spiderwort flower grows to be about 1 foot high or 20 cm. It grows from Maine south, and in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New York. It is often cultivated, and it also grows along roadsides, moist woods, and praries. Its growing season is from April to July.

**Found at Brandeis University behind the Kosow Biochemistry Building in mid-September.
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