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Can someone ID this grass-like structure?

Posted by ctlady z6 CT (My Page) on
Wed, May 7, 14 at 13:30

We were given some large clumps of this and told it was nicotiana, which I am quite sure it can't possible be (can it?? I've never grown nicotiana but what I find online doesn't even vaguely resemble these leaves) ... but I don't know what it is. It apparently flowers (not sure of the color -- trying to find out) and in its current form (it is early in the growing season here) the leaves are about 6 inches high and have a slightly reddish striation where they emerge from the soil, and are otherwise solid green. It looks like a low ornamental grass to me but apparently it blooms ... I realize I may just have to pot it up and wait to see what it does before I can ID it, but I wondered if anyone out there recognizes it?


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RE: Can someone ID this grass-like structure?

Looks like Spiderwort of some sort. Spiderwort is a popular pass-along plant.

Given your location, I'd guess Tradescantia ohiensis or Tradescantia virginiana, but there are other possibilities if it got passed-along from outside its native range...


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RE: Can someone ID this grass-like structure?

Look at the roots, that sometimes help identify things. Spiderwort, for one, has very unique looking roots.


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RE: Can someone ID this grass-like structure?

Ah, yes! That's probably what it is... and I wonder if we want it?! I will go out and tease a clump apart to look at the roots (which should be "thick and fleshy"?) but I would say it does look like online photos of spiderwort. Thank you both!


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RE: Can someone ID this grass-like structure?

Ah, yes! That's probably what it is... and I wonder if we want it?! I will go out and tease a clump apart to look at the roots (which should be "thick and fleshy"?) but I would say it does look like online photos of spiderwort. Thank you both!


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RE: Can someone ID this grass-like structure?

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This post was edited by ctlady on Wed, May 7, 14 at 19:57


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RE: Can someone ID this grass-like structure?

It is adaptable, though whenever I transplant some, it languishes a bit before it starts to look nice. It is a bit untidy in its habit, but reasonably graceful. I do like those blue flowers, and it's a native plant.

Supposedly, hummers like it and definitely bees and butterflies do. A lot of humans like it also- I've made several people happy with some pass-along plants. Maybe you could try growing in a large pot to see how you like it?

Once established in the ground, it can spread, but it's easy to pull up a clump and pass it along.


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