Spiderwort Amethyst Kiss

Purple Spiderwort Amethyst Kiss, Tradescantia, Spiderwort

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Large, rich-purple blooms of this Spiderwort add dramatic color to the summer garden and attract butterflies. Amethyst Kiss prefers full sun and is deer resistant. (Tradescantia)

Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 12-18" tall, 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Size Plant - 3" pot
SKU ASL4T31

Plant Information

The Story of the Spiderworts and John Tradescant. The Spiderworts common name is obvious; the blooms look somewhat like spiders. (Wort simply means plant or root in Latin.) But the botanical name is more interesting.

These flowers are named tradescantia after two very interesting Englishmen, a father and son, of the Elizabethan Age. John Tradescant, the Elder was a royal gardener and became very famous for his travels and exotic plants he brought home from the Continent. His son traveled much further. Even though he died in 1662, only 42 years after the Pilgrims arrived, he managed three different trips to Virginia. He introduced the North American Tulip Tree and other plants to Europe, but he and his father are immortalized forever in these beautiful American wildflowers. There are several wild species of Tradescantias in eastern America, with flowers ranging from blue to pink to white. All have the distinctive three-petaled form, and all are plants of wet places. Most hybrids today are created from crossing T. virginiana, the common blue Spiderwort, with other species in the group.

The Museum of Garden History in England celebrates the Tradescants, their travels, and their collections. You can visit their website and read even more: Click here to visit the Museum of Garden History.

SKU ASL4T31
Common Name Spiderwort
Botanical Name Tradescantia
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 12-18" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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3.2

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4.0

VERY BEAUTIFUL AND SHOWY PLANT - IT HAS NOT BLOOM YET

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from HILLSBORO, MO

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Pros

  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Spiderwort Amethyst Kiss:

    USED UNDER TREES AS GROUND COVER

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    4.0

    Spiderwort Amethyst Kiss

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    from Hillsboro, MO

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Beautiful If It Lives-

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about American Meadows Spiderwort Amethyst Kiss:

    I have seen this plant in the wild in Missouri and have used it the starter was not in good shape when received, hopefully it wil survive te Fall and Winer. Hoping for next Spring!!!!

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    3.0

    About 10" high all season

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    from NY

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    Pros

    • Hardy

    Cons

    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Spiderwort Amethyst Kiss:

    I am unsure if this is a dwarf variety - hoping for more height next year. Planted in a bright, somewhat dry spot - perhaps location is a factor?

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    2.0

    Uncertainty about this product

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    from Conyers, GA

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          Comments about American Meadows Spiderwort Amethyst Kiss:

          Planted earlier this year and growing slowly in full sun. May be next year before I have opinion

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          5.0

          perfect in every way!

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          from West Bend Wisconsin

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                Comments about American Meadows Spiderwort Amethyst Kiss:

                Timely delivery.
                Great flower.

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                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                This is a weed!

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                from Mobile, AL

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                  • Cannot Get Rid Of It
                  • Shows Up Everywhere

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                    Comments about American Meadows Spiderwort Amethyst Kiss:

                    I am dismayed that this plant is showing up in garden centers and gardening catalogs. It is a tough, hardy weed that blooms in Spring and pops up all over my yard and my neighbors' yards year after year. It cannot be contained.

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                    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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