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Asian Spiderwort

General Infomation

Annual plant invasive to agricultural and aquatic communities. Distributed within the southeastern and northwestern U.S.


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Species Data


May form dense mats in shallow water and moist terrestrial sites.


Alternate, lanceolate and clasping the stem. May be up to 3 in. long.


Form in upper leaf axils with three uniformly sized, white to purple petals about 8 mm long.


Root at nodes.

Similar Species

Doveweed (M. nudiflora) flowers are terminal, spiked racemes. Commelina spp. have one petal reduced in size. Tradescantia spp. is perennial with umbel-like cyme flowers.

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