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Spiderwort Tradescantia
2005-06-23 13:17:01

Spiderwort (Tradescantia) is a genus of roughly 70 species of perennial plants in the family Commelinaceae. Spiderwort is native to the New World from southern Canada south to northern Argentina. They are scrambling plants, growing to 30-60 cm tall, and are commonly found individually or in clumps in wooded areas and fields. The leaves are long, thin and bladelike to lanceolate, from 3-45 cm...

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