Tradescantia virginiana

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Common Name:  Spiderwort

Morning sun to light shade, medium to moderately dry moisture level, prefers humus-rich soil but adaptable to clay and sandy soils, circumneutral pH. 1-3 feet height; blooms spring into summer; flowers are typically blue to lavender to pink but occasionally white; can self-sow prolifically in ideal conditions.

Germination Code: C(90). Division or transplanting self-sown seedlings is easiest method.

Native Region:  Lightly scattered statewide with greatest concentration in Western Highland Rim.

An attractive plant with showy flowers and long, bright green, narrow leaves. Each flower lasts only a day, opening in the morning and then turning into a gooey pulp. Very adaptable plant tolerating a range of conditions. Foliage declines after flowering and should be cut back to the ground in summer to promote new growth and a fall bloom. Native to prairies, savannas, thickets, and woodland edges and openings. Attracts bees.

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Photo Courtesy of Southeastern Flora
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Photo Courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Photo Courtesy of Southeastern Flora