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Tradescantia virginiana

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, poor, clay, sand

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: April, May, June, July

Bloom Color: purple, blue

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, bog plant, clumping, colonizing, cottage garden plant, medicinal, naturalizing, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant

Flower of Tradescantia virginiana (Virginia spiderwort)
  • Flower of Tradescantia virginiana (Virginia spiderwort)
  • Flower of Tradescantia virginiana (Virginia spiderwort)
  • Flower of Tradescantia virginiana (Virginia spiderwort)
  • Flower of Tradescantia virginiana (Virginia spiderwort)

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Description

Tradescantia virginiana

Also known as:

Virginia spiderwort

,

common spiderwort

,

dayflower

,

flower-of-a-day

,

Job's tears

,

snake-grass

,

spider-lily

,

trinity

,

trinity-lily

,

widow's-tears

,

spider lily

Scientific Synonyms:

Ephemerum congestum, Tradescantia brevicaulis, Tradescantia congesta, Tradescantia rupestris, Tradescantia speciosa

Description

Individual flowers are short lived, but plants will bloom abundantly for up to 2 months in late spring to early summer, and occasionally again in fall.

Cultivation

Very easy to grow, and adaptable to just about any environment. It will tolerate drier conditions in full shade, and bog-like conditions in full sun. Foliage declines in summer, but may be cut back to the ground. This can encourage a second bloom period in early fall.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Commelinales
Family Commelinaceae Spiderwort family
Genus Tradescantia spiderwort
Species Tradescantia virginiana Virginia spiderwort