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Spiderwort
Tradescantia

 

 

Description:
Tradscantia is very attractive when planted in a naturalized area or by a pond or stream.  The triangular flowers last for only one day, but the plants have lots of buds, extending the bloom up to a few months.  The flowers are self-cleaning, so deadheading is not necessary.
 
Common Name: Spiderwort
Botanical Name: Tradescantia
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: Adaptable to many types of soil as long as it is moist and well-drained.
Light Requirements:  It will grow in any amount of sunlight, from full sun to full shade. In full sun, plants must be kept moist to prevent scorching. Plants will have nicer foliage, though perhaps fewer flowers, in partial to full shade.
Attributes: Border, mass plant, attracts butterflies
Pests: --
Diseases: --
Good Companion Plants: Astilbe, Campanula, Daylily, Hosta, Siberian Iris
Care: After flowering declines, cut plants all the way back. This will encourage new growth and a second round of bloom. This clump-forming perennial is easy to divide in either the spring or in early fall. Seedlings may sprout around the parent plant, but they are easily lifted and moved.
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Tradescantia 'Blue & Gold'
Spiderwort
zones 3-9
 
Description:  A vigorous, easy to grow selection with vibrant golden foliage and gentian-blue flowers. Versatile, growing in most any soil type, even wet bogs. Cut back long sprawling stems after primary bloom and plants will re-bloom come fall.
Bloom Color: Gentian Blue
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Gold
Height: 12-24"
Spread: 30-36"


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Tradescantia 'Concord Grape'
Spiderwort
zones 3-9
 
Description:  Triangular, concord grape blossoms with sulphur yellow stamens. Each 1.5 inch wide, 3-petaled flower only lasts for one day, but the plants have lots of buds, extending the bloom time up to eight weeks. The flowers are self-cleaning, so deadheading is not necessary. This cultivar has frosted blue-green foliage which remains compact, making it attractive both in bloom and out.
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 18-24"


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Tradescantia 'Little Doll'
Spiderwort
zones 3-9
 
Description: The violet-blue flowers in May open earlier then other forms. Forms clumps of compact, narrow, grass-like foliage with the flower clusters on taller stems.  Flowers open gradually over a long period beginning early summer. Tolerates moist soil.
Bloom Color: Violet-Blue
Bloom Time: May-August
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 15-18"


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Tradescantia 'Red Cloud'
Spiderwort
zones 3-9
 
Description:  Triangular, rose-red blossoms. Each 1-2 inch wide, 3-petaled flower only lasts for one day, but the plants have lots of buds, extending the bloom time up to eight weeks. The flowers are self-cleaning, so deadheading is not necessary.
Bloom Color: Rose-red
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 18-24"


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Tradescantia 'Snowcap'
Spiderwort
zones 3-9
 
Description:  Triangular, snow white blossoms with sulphur-yellow stamens. Each 1-2 inch wide, 3-petaled flower only lasts for one day, but the plants have lots of buds, extending the bloom time up to eight weeks. The flowers are self-cleaning, so deadheading is not necessary.   This cultivar has a compact growth habit and refined-looking foliage.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 15-18"


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Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate'
Spiderwort
zones 3-9
 
Description:  Triangular, violet-blue blossoms with sulphur-yellow stamens. Each 1-2 inch wide, 3-petaled flower only lasts for one day, but the plants have lots of buds, extending the bloom time up to eight weeks. The flowers are self-cleaning, so deadheading is not necessary. 'Sweet Kate' has brilliant gold foliage that is outstanding even when viewed from a distance. To keep this light-colored foliage from scorching, afternoon shade and consistent moisture is recommended.
Bloom Color: Violet-Blue
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Gold
Height: 12"
Spread: 16"


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Tradescantia 'Zwanenburg Blue'
Spiderwort
zones
 
Description:  Triangular, blue-violet blossoms with sulphur-yellow stamens. Each 1-2 inch wide, 3-petaled flower only lasts for one day, but the plants have lots of buds, extending the bloom time up to eight weeks. The flowers are self-cleaning, so deadheading is not necessary.
Bloom Color: Blue-violet
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 18-24"
Spread: 24-36"
 
 

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