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Spiderwort  

Tradescantia x andersonia

Belonging to the Tradescantia genus, Spiderwort has a botanical name of Tradescantia x andersonia.

Groundcover grass, although fairly tall -about 18-36inches (40-90 cm)


Soil too rich or too damp will cause them to flop over. Prefers average, slightly moist soil.


The flowers have three petals.


Propagate by division every 3-4 years

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Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Blue-violet. It is a flower that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Normally growing to a mature height of 90.0 cm (2.93 feet), Spiderwort grows with a ground covering habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid summer. Some varieties of Spiderwort you may like to consider growing are: Sweet kate, Innocence, Osprey, Zwanenburg Blue, and J. G. Wequelin.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Spiderwort is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Spiderwort have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Spiderwort

  • Partial Sun

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  • Dappled Sun

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  • Medium

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun / dappled sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Spiderwort is thought of as hardy, so it can be safe to leave outdoors for the majority of winter (although if in doubt, using a row cover is often a good idea).

Growing Spiderwort from seed

As this plant is a hybrid variety, seeds cannot be saved as they will be sterile, or will not come true to plant.

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Spiderwort

Companion plants for Spiderwort

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Spiderwort so consider planting:

Repellent plants for Spiderwort

These plants will not grow well with Spiderwort so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Spiderwort problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Spiderwort plants:

Other names for Spiderwort

Widow's tears, Day flower

Misspellings: Tradescantia andersoniana

Latest Spiderwort Reviews

  • 24 Jul 2014
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    HollyBee HollyBee's Spiderwort was Reviewed day 2606

    Finished spreading black cedar mulch. This bed is now done for this year (unless I find a hosta I can’t do without)

    0 stars

  • 14 Apr 2012
    Reviewed

    Silbennil Silbennil's Spiderwort was Reviewed day

    The previous owner had planted this. I thought it was a weed, at first, but I love the blue and white flowers. I can depend on ’em in July and August.

    4 stars

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