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Wild Spiderwort

 

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A native treasure found in woodlands and open fields, Wild Spiderwort has light purple flowers with a unique look. Three petals surround vivid center stamens with contrasting chartreuse anthers. Growing in clumps formed by arching, grass-like foliage, Wild Spiderwort is apt to spread and mutiply, making it a great choice for edging beds. Prefers moist soils. (Tradescantia subaspera)

Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
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
Size Bag of 3
SKU 2FTRAD3

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.

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2TRADG
2TRAD3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
2FTRAD3 (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
Flower Size 1" flowers
Mature Height 12-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-24" wide
Growth Rate Medium
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
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Arching, iris-like, dark green leaves.
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Bee Friendly, Easy to Grow, Native
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Some parts poisonous if ingested.
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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American MeadowsWild Spiderwort
 
3.3

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5.0

This plant sprouted up right away and brightened up my ferns

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from Penn Hills, Pa

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Patio

    Comments about American Meadows Wild Spiderwort:

    I planted this in a big container with ferns in a shed corner of my deck. These flowering woodland plants are just what I needed.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

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

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    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

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      from MA

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      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

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Tiny Flowers

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      from Upper Peninsula, MI

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      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.

        • 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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