|Scientific Name||Tradescantia occidentalis||USDA PLANTS Symbol||TROC|
|Common Name||Prairie Spiderwort||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||39168|
|Description||Habitat: Widespread, various habitats and soils but especially in sandy or rocky soils in prairies, fields, woodlands, roadsides, etc.
Plant: Prostrate to erect perennial with smooth, often branching stems 2 inches to 3 feet tall.
Leaves: Narrow linear-lanceolate, grass-like, hairless basal and stem leaves 2 to 21 inches long; pointed tips; edges often rolled up.
Inflorescence: A few to many flowers in terminal cymes and sometimes in leaf nodes, blossoms about 1 inch across with three broad, rounded petals, light blue to purple-rose; yellow anthers; blossoms on pedicels up to 1-1/4 inches long subtended by two leaf-like bracts up to 8 inches long; bracts, sepals and pedicels covered in short, fine hairs.
Bloom Period: March to July.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, American Southwest and SEINet.
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