Etymology: Tradescantia: after John Tradescant, Sr. (c. 1570 - c. 1637), English gardener to King Charles I
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-16" tall forb; stems stout, straight, usually unbranched
Leaves: linear, smooth or with a few hairs at the base, larger leaves 1/3"-1/2" wide
Flowers: rose to blue, 3-parted, petals alike; stalks and sepals with dense, soft hairs; inflorescence a terminal cluster (cyme) with 2 long, leaf-like bracts below
Fruits: papery capsule
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7, Wetland Indicator = FACU- Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc.