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Tradescantia sillamontana (White Velvet)

White Velvet, White Gossamer Plant, Hairy Wandering Jew, Cobweb Spiderwort


Tradescantia sillamontana (White Velvet) is an evergreen, erect perennial noted for its oval, stem-clasping, olive to gray-green leaves densely covered with silver-white, woolly hairs. In summer, clusters of small, bright purple-pink flowers are on display for about a month. Resilient and easy to grow, White Velvet makes a distinctive groundcover in warm winter areas. Where not winter hardy, it is usually grown as a houseplant or in containers.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 12 in. tall (30 cm) and 16-20 in. wide (40-50 cm).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in sun or partial shade. The more sun and less water this plant gets, the more silver and compact it remains. Water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing season. Water sparingly in winter.
  • Pinch growing tips to encourage bushiness.
  • Cutting the plants back once flowering has ceased can often promote a second bloom and will help prevent re-seeding. Cut the stems back about 8-12 in. (20 to 30 cm) from the ground.
  • Native to Mexico

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Tradescantia - Spiderworts
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 16" – 20" (40cm – 50cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Tradescantia - Spiderworts
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 16" – 20" (40cm – 50cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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