Spiderwort Inhabits
Dan River's Sandy Banks

By William T. Hathaway

Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)

In April thru July the Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) can be seen growing along sandy roadsides, waste places and dry woodland edges. In Pittsylvania County, Virginia, tall, healthy plants seem to be confined to the sandy banks of the Dan River, especially in the southern part of the county. Another smaller species of Tradescantia within the county can be found on top of Smith Mountain at the 2,000-foot level.

Records show that the generic name Tradescantia was a name used by Linnaeus in honor of John Tradescant, gardener of Charles I of England.

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