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Karen B

Minneapolis
Posts: 118
Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:59 am   Post subject: Stalk with tiny purple flowers


Here is another mystery plant fron our condo garden. It is about three feet tall. There are small purple flowers at the top of each stalk. They close at night and are about an inch across. There is also a close-up of the stalks.

Thanks in advance for your help.


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cherylad


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S. Liberty County - Texas (8B)
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Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:55 pm   


The flowers remind me of Spiderwort. (Tradescantia occidentalis) But the kind we have here don't grow that tall. Maybe it's in the same family?

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toni


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North Texas, Zone 8a
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Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:05 pm   


It's the Tradescantia occidentalis (Prairie Spiderwort)

Mine gets to be over 3 feet tall by the end of the summer.

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Karen B

Minneapolis
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Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:13 pm   


More information:

This is growing in Minnesota - Zone 4. It was not planted this year so it overwintered during an average cold winter but had several inches of mulch on it. It is in a very sunny location in soil that, while not sandy, has a lot of sand in it.

Because of our early warm spring, all of our plants are blooming very early and about 25% or more taller than expected.

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Droopy


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Western Norway
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Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:31 pm   


I like your Tradescantia. They're so lush-looking. Our spring was late in coming and so far it's been colder than normal, whatever "normal" might be these days. Very Happy

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aythya-camellia

Toledo, Ohio
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Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:29 pm   


Definitely Spiderwort. Yours look really nice; mine didn't bloom very much this year.

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