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Bluish-green, grass-like foliage is topped by three-petaled flowers in a rich, purple hue with contrasting yellow stamens. Prefers moist soil. (Tradescantia andersoniana)
Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Native
Good For Containers
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size15-18" tall , 16-20" wide
Bloom TimeEarly to late summer
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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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Plant Information
A hybrid of a famous North American wildflower, this Spiderwort is a lovely reddish purple. As with all Spiderworts, it is best planted in a somewhat shaded moist spot.

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.

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SKU1TRAD3
Common Name
Spiderwort
Botanical Name
Tradescantia andersoniana
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
15-18" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
16-20" wide
Bloom Time
Early to late summer
Planting Depth
Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As
Bare Root
Foliage
Frosted blue-green grass like foliage
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Advantages
Deer Resistant, Native, Good For Containers
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Item Unit
Root
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