|Scientific Name||Tradescantia gigantea||USDA PLANTS Symbol||TRGI|
|Common Name||Giant Spiderwort||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||39162|
|Description||Habitat: Limestone soils in pasturelands, woodland edges, roadsides; endemic to Central Texas.
Plant: Erect perennial with straight usually unbranched stems 8 inches to 3 feet tall with 3 to 5 nodes; lower stem mostly smooth, upper densely covered with short hairs.
Leaves: Narrow linear-lanceolate, pointed leaves 4 to 14 inches long; upper portions of leaves becoming densely covered with short hairs, lower portions mostly smooth.
Inflorescence: A few to many flowers in terminal cymes, blossoms about 1 inch across with three broad, rounded petals, usually lavender-blue to pink, rarely white; yellow anthers; blossoms subtended by leaf-like bracts up to 4 inches long with a sac-like shape at the base; bracts, sepals and pedicels covered in short, fine hairs.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and Vascular Plants of Williamson County.
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Map Color Key
Endemic to Central Texas
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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