Tradascantia virginiana, Virginia Spiderwort

  • Item #: Pw61
  • Attractive Flowers:
  • Average - Dry soil:
  • Average well drained soil:
  • Average Wildlife Value:
  • Beneficial Insects:
  • Butterflies:
  • Clay Soil- High clay content, fine texture:
  • Cut Flower:
  • Deer Resistant:
  • Drought tolerant:
  • Erosion Control:
  • Full - Part Sun (6+ hours of sun):
  • Groundcover:
  • Hummingbirds:
  • Loamy Soil- mostly silt, sand, some clay:
  • Native to Coastal Regions:
  • Native To Mountain Regions:
  • Native to Piedmont Regions:
  • Organic soil- high level of decayed leaves, bark:
  • Part Sun - Part Shade :
  • Perennial:
  • Pollinator support:
  • UPL- Almost never occur in wetlands:
  • Woodland flower:
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Price $6.25
5 or more $4.25 each
20 or more $3.25 each
50 or more $1.55 each
300 or more $1.35 each
Native Range: Eastern United States
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 1.50 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: May to July
Bloom Description: Blue to violet-blue, rarely rose or white
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Clay Soil, Wet Soil, Black Walnut
Tradescantia virginiana is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial which grows up to 3' tall. Violet-blue to purple, three-petaled flowers (.75-1.5" diameter) accented by contrasting yellow stamens open up, a few at a time, each for only one day, from terminal clusters (umbels) containing numerous flower buds. Flowers bloom in succession from late May into early July. Arching, iris-like, dark green leaves up to 1' long and 1 inch wide are folded lengthwise forming a groove.
When the stems of spiderworts are cut, a viscous stem secretion is released which becomes threadlike and silky upon hardening (like a spider's web), hence the common name.
An interesting and long-blooming perennial for native plant gardens, woodland or shade gardens, wild gardens or naturalized areas. Also can be grown in borders, but mid-summer foliage decline is a potential disincentive for this placement.