Stems 30-60 cm, erect, caespitose. Leaves 15-35 cm x 5-25 mm, linear- lanceolate, glabrous or puberulent. Cymes many-flowered; pedicels 2-3 cm. Sepals 10-15 mm, hairy; petals 12-18 mm, broadly ovate, violet (rarely white). Seeds 3-6.
Naturalized in S. Europe
Widely cultivated for ornament.
Many of the plants cultivated under this name are really hybrids between Tradescantia virgiana and related species, and it is possible that some of the naturalized plants are also hybrids.