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alexandra143
Georgia
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Posted: Thu May 06, 2010 8:33 pm   Post subject: Purple flower that close at night inc pics


Hi-
I live in Georgia and noticed this flower last spring. It came back this spring and love it. Can someone tell me it is?
Thanks!!!


purple flowers closed at night ( photo / image / picture from alexandra143's Garden )






purple flower ( photo / image / picture from alexandra143's Garden )






Whole purple flower plant ( photo / image / picture from alexandra143's Garden )



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toni


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North Texas, Zone 8a
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Posted: Thu May 06, 2010 8:51 pm   


That's Tradescantia occidentalis (Prairie Spiderwort)

It is a perennial, down where I am it is evergreen.

They don't close at night, each bloom only lasts one day or until the heat of the day gets too much for them. But they bloom a lot all spring, summer and thru fall until the first freeze.

And it will bloom more profusely in partial to full shade.

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Netty


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Southern Ontario zone 5a
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Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 12:15 am   


Yup, Spiderwort. I love the color of these blooms Smile

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alexandra143
Georgia
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Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 12:24 am   


Thank you so much! Very Happy

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mart
NE Texas
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Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 12:57 am   


I didn`t know what they were but I have them in our road ditch !! Thanks for telling me too !! Might dig them up and add to flower beds before county shredders mow them down !!

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cherylad


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S. Liberty County - Texas (8B)
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Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 12:47 pm   


They grow wild down here (Houston area) too.

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stratsmom

Southern Oregon
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Posted: Sun May 16, 2010 3:18 am   


I planted some, not knowing that they spread (like crazy) Rolling Eyes I do like them though

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