Tradescantia virginiana Virginia spiderwort Commelinaceae TRVI2; Bx, br, pb; Q; K, m; R, al, ch, lp, mm, sm;

 

Tradescantia virginiana.Dennis Stevenson.www.plantsystematics.org

Tradescantia virginiana.Dennis Stevenson.www.plantsystematics.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Tradescantia virginiana Perennial monocotyledon herb to 40 cm, erect, when blooming. 

Leaves alternate, is a pong, strap-like, ca 30×1.5cm, parallel veined often folded along midrib. 

Flowers blue, showy, to 3 cm wide, 3 petals, sepals to 1.5 cm, densely hairy, flower stalks to 3.5 cm long, hairy, in small clusters, May-June. 

Fruit a capsule. 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Listed as not native to NYS by Mitchell and Tucker (1997) but included as native to NYS by the USDA NRCS Plants Database (2010). 

Habitat: Apparently all escaped from cultivation, open woods, edges, fill.