Western Spiderwort belongs to the Commelinaceae family, which includes herbs with swollen nodes and flowers in clusters surrounded by boat-shaped bracts. The flowers of Tradescantia occidentalis are rare and distinct, consisting of three ovate, bluish-purple petals encircled by six thick, hairy, purple stamens and bright yellow anthers. The edges of leaves are sometimes neatly folded.
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Scientific Name: Tradescantia Occidentalis
Common Name: Prairie Spiderwort
Plant Type: Perennials
Zone: 4 to 9
Native Range: Minnesota, Louisiana
Full Growth Height: 12-24 "
Width in Across: 12-24 "
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Blooming Season: Summer (Early, Mid)
Flower: Showy, 3-Petaled Flowers
Pollinators: Butterflies, Bees, Birds
Flower Color: Blue-Violet
Tolerate: Drought, Deer
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance: Low, Moderate
Soil Type: Chalk, Loam, Clay, Well-Drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Woodland Gardens, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Informal and Cottage Gardens