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Taxon: Tradescantia virginiana L.

Genus: Tradescantia
Family: Commelinaceae subfamily: Commelinoideae tribe: Tradescantieae subtribe: Tradescantiinae
Nomen number: 36812
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:288. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Comment: horticultural hybrids involving this species are included here
Name verified on: 26-Jan-2009 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 23-Apr-2012
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • spiderwort   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • Virginia spiderwort   (Source: Glea Cron ed2 ) – English
  • white spiderwort   (Source: Zander Ency [as T. ×andersoniana]) – English
  • widow's-tears   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • éphémère de Virginie   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • Garten-Dreimasterblume   (Source: Zander Ency [as T. ×andersoniana]) – German
  • virginische Dreimasterblume   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • ängstremastarblomma   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide Dict Gard)
  • Gene sources: ornamental features   (fide Eur Gard F)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • possibly naturalized from cultivated in n. part of range

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Tradescantia virginiana L.:


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  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (27 November 2015)

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