Wild Spiderwort

Purple Wild Spiderwort, Tradescantia subaspera, Wild Spiderwort

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This gorgeous woodland flower boasts unique, vivid purple flowers that are famous for having just three petals each. Wild Spiderwort was one of the treasures of the New World taken home by an early British Plant Explorer. (Tradescantia subaspera)

Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 12-24" tall, 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
SKU 2TRAD3

Plant Information

The first name of this beautiful wildflower tells its story. It was discovered by John Tradescant, the British plant explorer who came to America early and and became very famous for the exotic plants of the New World that he took back home.

Spiderworts are moisture-lovers, with foliage a lot like that of an iris or Daylily, and the purple flowers are famous for having just three petals each. Today, they've been hybridized into all shades of purple, blue, pink and white, and are prized garden perennials. But many people think the original is still the most beautiful. A great plant for color in moist shade.

Associated SKUs
2TRADG
2FTRAD3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
2TRAD3 (Bag of 3)
Common Name Wild Spiderwort
Botanical Name Tradescantia subaspera
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 12-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, 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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2.7

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4.0

IT DID NOT BLOOM YET, BUT THE PLANT LOOKS GOOD.

By 

from HILLSBORO, MO

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Pros

  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Wild Spiderwort:

    I HAVE SEEN THIS PLANT BEFORE AND IT IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL AND UNUSUAL PLANT

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Disappointed

    By 

    from MA

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about American Meadows Wild Spiderwort:

    I love Spiderwort, and was excited to add these to my native plant garden in the fall of 2011, but sadly they never came up.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Tiny Flowers

    By 

    from Upper Peninsula, MI

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Very pretty

    Cons

    • Flowers are tiny

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Wild Spiderwort:

      I didn't really know anything about the plant before I ordered it - the flowers are much smaller than I expected, maybe an inch or so in size, but there are also more of them than I thought - so it balances out. I'm still glad I bought it, I just need to think about moving it to a different place next year, as it didn't work as intended in my container garden.

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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.

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      • 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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