Botanical name: Commelinaceae
Botanical name: Commelinaceae
Species of Spiderwort
Spiderworts include perennial wildflowers that are commonly cultivated as ornamental plants in North America and Europe. Some species are used as houseplants while other, more temperate species are used as ground covers in gardens. Because of their easy propagation, some species have become invasive in the Southern U.S., New Zealand, and Australia.
Streptolirion is a genus of climbing monocotyledonous flowering plants in the dayflower family. It consists of a single species. Streptolirion's two-seeded carpels and inflorescences that are all subtended by large involucral bracts. They bear yellow hairs below the anthers. It has a broad distribution in Asia.
Porandra is a genus of mainly perennial plants in the family Commelinaceae. It is native to China and Indochina.
Rhopalephora is a genus of monocotyledonous flowering plants in the dayflower family. It is native to Asia, Madagascar, and a few islands in the Pacific.
A popular groundcover in tropical climates and a houseplant in cooler regions, roselings spread by producing small plantlets that grow roots when they touch the soil. The species’ ability to creep along the ground is why they are sometimes referred to as "inch plants." The foliage on some varieties in the genus turns a darker purple in brighter, indirect light.
Widow's tears plants are very low-maintenance and are a sight to behold due to their magnificent blossoms that cover borders or woodland gardens. The flowers bloom in the morning and then fade away in the evening. They were named Widow's tear because when their spathe is squeezed, a drop of water is released, referencing a tear drop falling.
Cyanotis is a genus of mainly perennial plants. It is native to Africa, southern Asia, and northern Australia.
Amischotolype is a genus of perennial monocotyledonous flowering plants in the dayflower family. It is found in Central Africa and from India through Southeast Asia to New Guinea, with the great majority or species found in Asia. The genus is characterised by its rather compact inflorescences which are composed on two or more cincinni that pierce through the base of the leaf sheath, and also by its seeds that are embedded in red arils. Flowers are actinomorphic, and anthers release their pollen either through a pore at the tip or slits down the sides.
Pollia is a genus of flowering plants in the Commelinaceae. It is widespread through the Old World Tropics: Africa, southern Asia, northern Australia, etc. There is also one species endemic to Panama.
Floscopa is widespread in tropical + subtropical areas.
Spatholirion is a genus of climbing or rosette monocotyledonous flowering plants in the dayflower family. It is distributed from China in the north, south to Thailand, Vietnam, and northern Peninsular Malaysia. It has four to eight seeds per carpel, unlike the closely related Streptolirion, which has only two, and white or purple petals.
Dayflowers can be either annual or perennial herbs, and the flowers can be a range of colors but are typically blue. This genus got its common name because of the short lifespan of its showy flowers, which bloom in the morning. These species are primarily found in tropical areas.
Bridalveil is genus of flowering plants within the Commelinaceae family. It is native to the Western Hemisphere from Texas and the West Indies south to Argentina, with most of the species native to Mexico.
Murdania are a genus of perennials and annuals named after Murdan Ali, a herbarium keeper in India whose collection of dewflowers species was used to validly describe the genus for the first time in1840. These plants prefer tropical and subtropical regions. Sadly, over 50% of the species in this genus are rare, with over 10% considered vulnerable.
Care Guide for Spiderwort
OrderSpiderworts and allies