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Spiderwort
Tradescantia bracteata

Spiderwort is native to Minnesota's tallgrass prairie habitat. Compared to Minnesota's other two Spiderwort species, it prefers drier soils and has a shorter height. It does not compete well with taller species, especially in richer soils.

USDA symbol: TRBR

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height2 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Sun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorPurple
Spiderwort (Spiderwort<div><em class="small">Tradescantia bracteata</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsJune to August
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Rain Garden, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAnoka, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Jackson, Lac qui, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Pope, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands