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Perennes Comunes

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Spiderwort
Tradescantia x andersoniana


Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
18 - 24 Inches
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 9 
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Foliage Color
Green
Yellow
 
Bloom Color
Blue
Purple
White
 
Bloom Season
June - September
 
Size
Medium
 

Features

Spreading plant with straplike grassy foliage

Culture

Prefers moist soil in sun to partial shade location.

Cultivars

'Billberry Ice' 12-18 inches tall, white flowers

'Concord Grape' 12-18 inches tall, purple flowers

'Sweet Kate' 18-24 inches tall, purple flowers, golden yellow foliage

'Zwanenburg' 18-24 inches tall, purple flowers

'Satin Doll' 12-18 inches tall, compact, pink flowers

Notes

Tolerates wet soils. Foliage tends to brown and die down and go dormant after it finishes blooming. Trim back to the ground and allow new foliage to develop along with some rebloom. Too much shade results in tall floppy plants. More sun results in better flowering.