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Wild Spiderwort

SKU: AM014336
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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)
key features
Botanical Name
Tradescantia subaspera
Native, Bee Friendly, Easy To Grow
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Mature Spread
12-24" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer


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.