Herbs, erect or ascending, rarely rooting at nodes. Stems not flexuous, 10–50 cm; internodes glabrous to pilose. Leaves spirally arranged, sessile; blade silvery or gray-green, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate or linear-oblong, 8–28 × 1–6 cm (distal leaf blades wider than sheaths when sheaths opened, flattened), base ± rounded to cuneate, apex acuminate, ± glaucous, usually glabrous. Inflorescences all or mostly terminal; bracts foliaceous. Flowers distinctly pedicillate; pedicels 2–3.2 cm, glandular-pilosulose; sepals 6–12 mm, sparsely to densely glandular-pilosulose; petals distinct, white or pale pink to pale lavender, broadly ovate, not clawed, 1.2–1.6 cm; stamens free. Capsules 6–8 mm. Seeds 3–4 mm. 2n = 12, 24.
Phenology: Flowering spring (Apr–May).
Habitat: Rich woods, mainly on rocky slopes and along cliffs, occasionally in bottomlands
Ark., Mo., Okla.
Tradescantia ozarkana is endemic to the Ozarks.