Asian spiderwort is widely dispersed along the coasts of the United States, including in North Carolina. It is most common in coastal marshes but it is moving inland in neighboring states. Wildlife, especially waterfowl, and flooding are most responsible for seed, stem, and root dispersal.
Asian spiderwort is a succulent plant (12 – 30”) which spreads along the ground. It grows lance-shaped leaves (up to 3" long) which are alternately arranged. Small pink or purple flowers bloom in late summer and fall. Flowers have 3 petals and grow both in clusters and by themselves.
Photo credit: (Left)Linda Lee, University of South Carolina, Bugwood.org
(Right) Edwin M. Martin
Fact Sheet: Asian Spiderwort (we are working on a fact sheet and should have one soon)