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Tradescantia subaspera

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
trad-es-KAN-tee-uh sub-AS-per-uh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Perennial herb, houseplant or interiorscape plant; leaves alternate and clasping at base, simple, long and grass-like; flowers 3-parted, blue, white or pink-lavender; fruit a capsule.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Pollinator Garden- Partial Shade
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#poisonous#partial shade#blue#perennial#pink flowers#summer flowers#wildflower garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#poisonous#partial shade#blue#perennial#pink flowers#summer flowers#wildflower garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tradescantia
    Species:
    subaspera
    Family:
    Commelinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    United States
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Description:
    Showy, three petaled flowers with yellow stamens.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Zig Zags
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Skin irritation with redness and itching, but of low risk.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unidentified, possibly oxalate crystals.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves